John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday evening 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 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Where: Smoothie King Center
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Wizards are rolling, Pelicans improving
The Wizards head to New Orleans on Sunday playing some of their best basketball of the season so far. They have won seven of their last eight and 10 of their last 12. This recent surge includes improved results away from Washington, as well, with two straight wins on the road. The Wizards enter Sunday just a half-game out of fourth in the East and are showing no signs of slowing down.
The Pelicans aren't nearly as hot as the Wizards, but they have won three of their last five. Their last two wins have come against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards, in fact, will face New Orleans twice within a week's span, with the Pelicans coming to the Verizon Center on Saturday.
Big man in the middle
The Pelicans are a below average team, but they feature one of the best players in basketball in Anthony Davis. The former No. 1 overall pick is having another great season and was selected to start in the 2017 All-Star Game because of it. This year he is averaging 27.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, all while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Davis is going to be an issue for the Wizards who, like most teams, don't have anyone who can compare to him in terms of height and mobility. It will be up to Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat to stop him and it won't be easy. Just the other day he had 22 rebounds in 33 minutes against the Spurs. Limiting Davis on the glass could go a long way towards keeping him in check.
Otto's on fire
Otto Porter continues to shoot the ball well from three, as he now leads the NBA in three-point percentage at 46.5 percent. That number is just going to go up if he continues to shoot like he has in his last few games. Since Jan. 16, a span of seven games, Porter is 26-for-44 (59.1%) from three. He hit five in his last game against the Hawks, and six in consecutive games on Jan. 18 and 19. Porter has hit at least five threes in a game four times since Dec. 26 after having not accomplished the feat previously in his career. Porter is hot and the Wizards are likely to just keep feeding him shots.