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

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

The Washington Wizards play at the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS at BROOKLYN NETS

Where: Barclays Center
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN+
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Beal is on a roll

The Wizards are off to a disappointing start this season at 6-12 through 18 games, but the single most positive development for them this year so far is the emergence of Bradley Beal as a consistent and efficient scorer. The talent has always been there, and Beal has put up strong numbers bfore but what Beal has down over the last several weeks is a new level for him.

Over his last eight games, since he returned from missing three games due to a hamstring injury, Beal is scoring 27.3 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting. He's hitting 47.1 percent of his threes (4.1 out of 8.8 attempts per game) and getting to the free throw line a solid 4.9 times per contest. Those are All-Star numbers. Beal has been on fire lately and he should have a good opportunity to keep that going against the Nets, who are a very poor defensive team.

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Lots of offense

The Brooklyn Nets are 5-14 to begin this season largely because of their defense. They allow an NBA-worst 114.2 points per game and have second-worst defensive rating at 111.1. Their opponent's field goal percentage (47.1) is also second-worst and they allow a league-high three-pointers per game (10.7). That last part should excite Beal, who should be able to shoot at will from long range on Monday night.

After going up against teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, both of which play strong defense, this should be a good chance for the Wizards to put up more points. The Nets just allowed the Bucks to drop 111 and 112 on back-to-back nights and Milwaukee is in the bottom-third of the league in points per game. Brooklyn has lost nine of their last 10 games overall and defense has been the biggest culprit.

Sean Kilpatrick emerging

Much of the Wizards' focus on Monday will be on Nets All-Star Brook Lopez, who leads Brooklyn with 19.6 points per game. Lopez is even shooting threes this year, hitting 37.3 percent of them on six attempts per game. Before this year he had attempted just 31 threes in eight NBA seasons. This year he has attemped 102 with 38 of them makes.

Lopez will be a factor, but the Nets have another young player emerging in Sean Kilpatrick. Well, he's not that young at 27 but Kilpatrick is finding success in his third NBA season with just 54 games under his belt. This season he's averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists at the shooting guard position. Kilpatrick isn't scoring very efficiently with a 41.4 field goal percentage, but he has proven dangerous. Against the Clippers on Nov. 29 he scored 38 points and grabbed 14 boards. Against the Pistons on Nov. 2, he dropped 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He went 4-for-4 from three that night.

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Now that the Lakers got Anthony Davis, could the Knicks and others turn to Bradley Beal?

Now that the Lakers got Anthony Davis, could the Knicks and others turn to Bradley Beal?

With all but one of the brick-and-mortar movie stores closed down, there are really only two instances that you hear the word 'blockbuster' these days: when describing Marvel movies and for the type of trade we saw this weekend between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Anthony Davis deal is a blockbuster trade in every sense. It is big in the number of pieces involved and because Davis is one of the best players on the planet.

It is important because it could immediately vault the Lakers into title contention. And it provides a new superteam for the league to revolve around and for people to loathe with the Golden State Warriors currently licking their wounds.

But it is also the type of deal that will have major consequences around the league, one that will affect far more than just the teams at the top. It will force a collection of other teams to redraw their blueprints.

The obvious ones are the Knicks and Celtics, the two teams most closely linked to Davis in trade rumors. Now, it is New York that has more urgency, if not desperation, to strike in free agency. Boston to regroup and will probably need to ponder other trades if they want to reassert themselves in the Eastern Conference.

The Davis trade would be a major deal no matter the year, but it is fascinating to evaluate in the context of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson's injuries. The league went from being very predictable to a wide open pasture of possibilities.

Now, the Warriors are good still but are also a beatable team. A window of NBA parity is cracking open and surely the Lakers won't be the only team to pounce.

Houston, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City are always aggressive and will clearly be thinking big. Portland and Denver could see this as the year to go all-in.

Not all teams looking to make a splash will have money to spend in free agency. That points to an aggressive trade market this summer, but there is arguably one big problem. After Davis, it doesn't seem likely many other stars will be available.

Teams seeking stars via trade have enjoyed plenty of options in recent years between Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Jimmy Butler. The formula is generally fairly simple: an All-Star player on an underachieving team with the end of his contract in sight. Recently, the supply has met the demand.

But currently, few fit that description. There are some like Mike Conley Jr. of the Grizzlies, and Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside of the Heat. But none of those players are All-Stars in their prime.

All of that makes it easy to connect the dots to the Wizards and Bradley Beal. They are in an interesting spot, needing to decide whether to retool for playoff contention or take the long view and undergo some degree of a rebuild.

Beal, as their best player, is the catalyst. There are logical reasons to keep him or to trade him. He is one of the best players in franchise history, is only 25 and he's on a team-friendly contract in the era of the supermax. But the Wizards are going to have a tough time improving their roster with John Wall's Achilles injury and contract, which starts at 35 percent of the salary cap. 

The Wizards have held a stance of not wanting to trade Beal and still do. They also likely wouldn't make such an important decision without a long-term team president in place.

But that won't stop teams from calling and there is already speculation around the league about whether Beal will be dealt. One front office executive told NBC Sports Washington that Beal could be the top prize in the trade market if made available now that Davis is gone. 

For a lot of these situations, trades are more likely when a player is entering his walk year. Beal is signed through the 2020-21 season and, even if he grows unhappy, will say the right things.

He won't create necessary drama. And, if you take him at his word in a February interview with NBC Sports Washington, he wouldn't request a trade himself.

Also, there is a reason to believe keeping Beal wouldn't hurt their ability to rebuild through the draft. With the new lottery system, bottoming out doesn't offer the guarantees that it used to. And even with Beal playing all 82 games last season, the Wizards still lost 50 of them and finished with the sixth-best odds.

Just like some have argued the Wizards have reasons to trade Beal, they also have reasons not to. But that won't stop other teams from picking up the phone.

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Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little. 

White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside. 

Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.

Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9. 

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