John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night 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 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Where: Target 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...
A road sweep?
The Wizards have a chance to complete their Western Conference road trip a perfect 5-0 on Monday night as they play at the Timberwolves, their final away game before returning home on Wednesday night to host the Dallas Mavericks. It hasn't been easy every night and the Wizards are winning against bad teams, yet still a 5-0 road trip would be very impressive.
The Wizards have already won five straight road games overall, dating back to March 1. If they beat Minnesota on Monday, they will have their longest road winning streak (six) since Dec. 22 of 2001, when Michael Jordan was playing for them. The longest road streak in franchise history is eight games, set back on Dec. 20 of 1978. Amazingly, the only road loss the Wizards have in their last 11 tries was at the Sixers who were wihout Joel Embiid.
Putting heat on the Cavs
Winners of five straight games, the Wizards continue to climb the standings as teams around them play mediocre basketball. The Cavaliers are the only team ahead of the Wizards in the Eastern Conference and they have lost six of their last nine.
The Cavs are off Monday night, but with another win the Wizards would move within 1 1/2 games of the top seed in the East. Cleveland next plays on Tuesday night against a Pistons team that just beat them on Thursday in Detroit.
Turning the page
At 41-24, the Wizards are rolling and appear headed to the playoffs after missing out last season. Their magic number to secure a playoff spot is just seven games now.
One more win, in fact, will give the Wizards more wins than they had all of last season when they finished an even .500 at 41-41. They plan to win a lot more games than 42, but it would be a nice milestone after a down season last year.
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