The Washington Wizards play at the Houston Rockets 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 HOUSTON ROCKETS
Where: Toyota Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Wizards aim for four straight, winning record
The Wizards can accomplish two things for the first time this season on Monday night against the Rockets. With a win they would earn their first four-game winning streak and their first record above the .500 mark. They reached .500 for the first time on Friday night with their win over the Nets.
The Wizards play at the Rockets on Monday to begin a stretch of four road games out of their next six overall. If the Wizards are to continue their recent winning ways, they will need to overcome their troubles on the road. Only one NBA team, the Nets, has less road wins this season. The Wizards are an ugly 3-10 away from the Verizon Center, the same road record as the Philadelphia 76ers.
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In the Rockets' most recent game, on New Year's Eve against the Knicks, James Harden put in one of the more impressive box score lines you will ever see. He dropped 53 points as part of a triple-double that also included 17 assists and 16 rebounds. He got those points on 14-of-26 (53.8%) shooting, as Houston closed the month of December with an enviable 15-2 record.
For Harden, that was his second triple-double in a row and his fourth in his last nine games. He's playing the best basketball of his career as the Rockets return home to host the Wizards, a team he has enjoyed plenty of success against recently. Earlier this season, on Nov. 7, Harden scored 32 points to go along with 15 assists in a Rockets win. And last year he scored at least 40 points in both meetings between the teams.
Can the bench do it again?
The Wizards won without Bradley Beal on Friday against the Nets in large part due to a huge night from their bench. Trey Burke stepped up to score 27 points in 30 minutes on 10-of-12 shooting. He was 5-for-5 from three-point range. Jason Smith had 10 points in 18 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting. It was his second time reaching double-figures this season. Matt Thornton chipped in with eight points, as the Wizards' bench collectively scored 50 of their 118 points as a team.
The Wizards could be without Beal again on Monday night as he continues to rest his sprained right ankle. Even if he does play, he may be held back to an extent by the injury. The Wizards will definitely need their bench to come through again if they are to take out the Rockets, one of the NBA's best and hottest teams.
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