The Washington Wizards play at the Indiana Pacers 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 INDIANA PACERS
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Oubre, Smith injuries
The Wizards are playing well right now, having won five of their last six, and they've done it despite dealing with a host of injuries. Kelly Oubre, Jr. (mild concussion) missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday. He will be re-evaluated in Indianapolis. Jason Smith (right hamstring) also missed Sunday and is considered day-to-day. Ian Mahinimi (right knee) has already been ruled out in his return to Indiana, the team he left to join the Wizards in free agency this past summer.
The Pacers, though, have some notable injuries themselves. Monta Ellis remains out with groin injury and Rodney Stuckey is sidelined with a sore left hamstring. Missing those two cuts into the Pacers' guard depth which is not ideal when you're facing John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Another measuring stick
The Wizards enjoyed their most convincing win of the season on Sunday at the Verizon Center, a 117-100 victory over the 20-8 Los Angeles Clippers. But on Monday night they have another tough opponent in the Indiana Pacers, a 14-14 team that currently holds the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are especially good at home with the second-best record in the East at 10-4. The Wizards went 1-2 against the Pacers last season with their only win coming at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana is among nine teams in the East that currently fall within the range of 12 to 15 losses. The Wizards (12-14) are included in that mix and because those teams are so close together, the Wizards could jump into the playoff picture with a win on Monday despite currently placing 11th in the conference.
Myles Turner an emerging star
The Wizards will see one of the NBA's best young big men on Monday night in Myles Turner, the 11th overall pick of the 2015 draft, a 6-foot-11 stretch-five from Texas. Turner, just 20 years old, is averaging 15.1 points per game on 53.7 percent shooting this season to go along with 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
Turner is a versatile and active young big man who likes to spread the floor with his outside shot. He hits threes at 36.6 percent on 1.5 attempts per game, but has to be watched from 15-20 feet. On defense, he's a legitimate shot blocker and has taken the place of Mahinmi as the Pacers' rim protector.