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Wizards at Hawks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Hawks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at ATLANTA HAWKS

Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

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Jockeying for position

After going 23-12 in their last 35 games, the Wizards find themselves fifth in the Eastern Conference and rising by the week. On Friday night, they will get a shot at one of the few teams standing in front of them. The Hawks currently hold the fourth seed in the East and lead the Wizards by just 1 1/2 games. A win on Friday and the Wizards would be just a 1/2 game out of fourth.

The Hawks also sit ahead of Washington in the Southeast Division. The Hawks hold first place, so a win would put the Wizards within a 1/2 game of first in the Southeast. That may not mean much for playoff standings anymore, but considering Washington has not won a division since 1979, it would be no small feat to win it. At 37 years, they have the longest division title drought in the NBA.

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Another road test

Like the Wizards, the Hawks are also playing some of their best basketball as of late. Atlanta has won 12 of their last 15 games and three of their last four. The Wizards have won 12 of their last 16 and six of their last seven.

Interestingly enough, the Hawks aren't much better at home than they are on the road. In Atlanta, they are 13-9. On the road, they are 14-10. The Wizards have a much more dramatic split at 19-6 at home compared to 6-14 on the road. The Wizards did take two of three on their most recent road trip, though, so this game should give them a chance to prove whether they have truly turned a corner away from the Verizon Center.

All eyes on Millsap

The Hawks have several players that can hurt you from point guard Dennis Schroder (17.6 ppg, 6.3 apg) to center Dwight Howard (13.7 ppg, 12.8 rpg), but no one deserves more attention than power forward Paul Millsap, who on Thursday was named an Eastern Conference All-Star. Millsap is having another strong year with 18 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He is one of the smartest and most versatile players in the NBA.

The Wizards have seen Millsap and the Hawks twice this season and split the matchups. A reason why they split those games was because they saw very different results from Millsap. In their loss on Oct. 27 in the season opener, he dropped 28 points and shot 11-for-20 from the field. In their win, he scored a modest 16 points on 5-for-14 from the field. He was limited largely by Wizards forward Markieff Morris, who has shown at times this season he can be a real pest for stretch-fours. Getting a similar performance from Morris on Friday night would go a long way towards helping them win.

[RELATED: Confident John Wall lays out specific end goal for Wizards' season]

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers host Bradley Beal, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards on Monday night as they hope to move up in the everchanging ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

With the possibility of John Wall not playing, this game will be a big moment for the rest of the Wiziards players to step up and show the city what they can do. The Pacers, on the other hand, have been playing exceptionally well in their past 6 games.

Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for pregame, postgame and live game coverage of Wizards at Raptors.

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

WIZARDS at PACERS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers, 2018 NBA Regular Season, Game 27

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

When: Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards-Pacers will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Wizards vs. Pacers live on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. After the game tonight, Wizards Postgame Live and Wizards Outsiders are streaming exclusively on the MyTeams app. Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS at PACERS TV SCHEDULE:

06:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
06:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE) 
07:00 PM: NBA: Wizards @ Indiana Pacers (LIVE)
09:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 

WIZARDS at PACERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (out, lumbar microdisectomy procedure)

Pacers: Victor Oladipo (out, sore right knee)

WIZARDS at PACERS SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 174 games (6 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Pacers lead series, 96-78

Playoff Record: Pacers lead series 4-2

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Pacers 109-102 on 3/17/2018

Last 10: Wizards 6-4

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John Wall had the worst game of his career against the Cavs

John Wall had the worst game of his career against the Cavs

The problem with John Wall on Saturday night in the Wizards' blowout loss to the Cavs depended somewhat on whom was asked. Either that, or it was all of the above.

Head coach Scott Brooks indicated to reporters in Cleveland that Wall was sick. Bradley Beal referenced personal issues the team would prefer to keep in-house. Wall suggested he was hampered by a nagging left heel injury. 

Wall's explanation certainly passed the eye test. He clearly didn't have his trademark burst up and down the floor. Plus, he has been icing his left foot after recent games.

Add it all up and it was enough to produce the worst stat line of Wall's nine-year NBA career. Never before had he been held without a field goal and not once had he scored just one point in a game.

Wall runs the Wizards' offense, so naturally, his lethargic play set a sleepy tone. The Wizards dragged their feet, got shoved around by Tristan Thompson and went down by as many as 29. A reminder that this was against the Cavs, a 6-20 team with the worst defensive rating in the league.

Wall went on to tell the Washington Post that the pain in his heel is bad enough that he can't yet commit to playing on Monday in the Wizards' next game. 

When Wall is playing through injuries, he will often go out of his way to downplay them. His admission of the heel injury and how much it has hurt him is unusual and indicates the severity.

Wall has been dealing with several minor leg injuries this season. On top of the heel issue, he played through a thigh bruise earlier this year. But it had yet to be this bad and there may be a reason for that.

Wall returned for this game after being away for a few days to deal with a personal matter. Perhaps that time off made it tough for him to get loose or manage the injury like he usually does when under the watch of team doctors. 

That would make sense, given the last time he played, he played well. Wall had 18 points and 15 assists against the Knicks on Monday.

Many factors may have been at play. The result was a hobbled version of Wall, one who couldn't force enough separation to even get his shots off. Wall attempted only five field goals, the second-fewest of his career. Usually, even on his worst shooting nights, Wall can at least put up shots.

The pain and how it affected his game was clearly wearing on Wall. With just under two minutes to go in the first half, he drove into contact in the lane. After missing the layup, and not getting a foul call, he slapped the stanchion under the hoop before slowly turning to head back on defense.

When Wall is at peak powers, he plays with an unrelenting chip on his shoulder, flying to the rim like he's drawn by a magnetic force. He glides down the court, finishing with left-handed dunks and darts to open teammates on the perimeter. 

On Saturday, the swagger wasn't there. He hung his head, trotted timidly up and down the court and watched helplessly as rookie Collin Sexton and others drove past him.

Wall was far removed from his usual self against the Cavs. It would be hard to envision a scenario in which the Wizards could win with how he played.

At this point, it wouldn't be surprising if he missed Monday's game against the Pacers. The Wizards need him at or near 100 percent and he wasn't close enough against the Cavs.

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