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

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

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.

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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.

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

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Wizards release statement on the passing of John Wall's mother

The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday. 

Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58. 

In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."

Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement

"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily

Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star: 

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Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

Bradley Beal sees a young John Wall in the Grizzlies rookie sensation Ja Morant

WASHINGTON -- It is not often you see a rookie find initial success in the NBA to the degree Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has, already with borderline All-Star numbers at the age of 20. And oftentimes, opponents are careful throwing out player comparisons for guys his age, wanting to see more before they anoint anyone.

Morant, though, is a different case and questions from media members at Wizards practice this week as the team gets set to face him for the first time naturally led to parallels to great players. On Thursday, Brooks brought up unprompted how much Morant reminds him of Russell Westbrook, his former player in Oklahoma City.

And on Friday, Bradley Beal invoked a teammate of his when breaking down what makes Morant so good.

"He loves to get up and down. He's really fast with the ball. It reminds you of John [Wall] in a lot of ways. He plays with his pace," Beal said.

Through 19 games this season, Morant is averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2 percent from three on 2.2 attempts.

The threes have been surprising to most, as he shot a relatively modest 36.3 percent his final year in college at Murray State. But also surprising maybe just how lethal he has been at attacking the rim.

Sure, that was a big part of his game in college. But this is the NBA where athletes are much bigger and stronger. And he isn't the biggest guy either, weighing in at 175 pounds according to Basketball-Reference.

But despite lacking in size, he has shown an ability to finish through contact rarely seen from any player.

"I think he has a no-fear type of mentality. So, you have to respect his aggressiveness," Beal said. "He'll get respect from a lot of players in the league, a lot of refs in the league because of his aggressiveness and... with all the posters he has. So, he's an assassin. You gotta respect his game."

Beal likely won't draw the defensive assignment on Morant. That will probably go to Ish Smith and back-up point guard Chris Chiozza, who is with the team while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a left calf injury.

Beal knows it is going to be tough for the whole Wizards team to contain Morant. He said the trick will be trying to stay in front of him, though he knows that is easier said than done.

Really, Morant is such a unique player that the Wizards can only gameplan and prepare so much until they actually experience facing him for the first time.

"He's gonna be a handful," Beal said.

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