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NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards vs. Hawks Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

GAME 1: WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. ATLANTA HAWKS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 1 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 12 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Playoffs begin

The 2017 NBA postseason is finally here as the Wizards open things up with their first Game 1 of a playoff series at home since 1979. The Wizards enter these playoffs with expectations as high as they have been in decades for this franchise and the road begins on Sunday.

The Wizards are relatively healthy outside of calf injuries for Ian Mahinmi and rookie Sheldon Mac. Mahinmi is a key cog on their bench. But their starting lineup should be ready to go with John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat on the floor. For the Hawks, they will start Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard.

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Morris vs. Millsap

A key matchup in this series is definitely going to be at the power forward position, as Morris will be entrusted with locking down Millsap, the Hawks' best player. Millsap can do it all. He's a four-time All-Star and a former All-Defense team selection. At 32, he had another very good season with averages of 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He has 81 career playoff games under his belt, while Morris has zero.

The challenge for Morris will be following the mobile Millsap around on offense and trying to eliminate his ability to stretch the floor with outside shots. Millsap has had very different results against the Wizards this season, largely based on how Morris defended him. In the first meeting between the teams on Oct. 27, Millsap had 27 points, seven rebounds and six rebounds in a Hawks' win. In the other two times he played against Washington, he scored a combined 20 points on 6-of-21 shooting. If Morris can keep Millsap in check, it will be hard for Atlanta to keep up with the Wizards offensively.

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Any rust?

The Wizards play on Sunday after three days without games. And in their regular season finale on Wednesday, many of their regulars didn't play including Wall, Beal and Morris as head coach Scott Brooks opted to rest them in a meaningless game. Wall also didn't play on Monday against Detroit, so Sunday will be his first game action since April 8. He will have sat a full week by tipoff time against the Hawks.

Add in the fact that the Wizards are playing at 1 p.m., six hours earlier than they are used to, and it will be interesting to see how they come out of the gate. Brooks said he does not "expect any late wakeup calls" or any letdown early in the game. Still, it would be understandable if the Wizards have some rust to knock off.

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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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