Now the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards continue their west coast road trip in Portland on Saturday night. John Wall and Bradley Beal will face a test in another talented backcourt: Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Wizards are coming off an overtime gams the previous evening, so fatigue will be a factor.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS at PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
Where: Moda Center
Tip-off: 10:00 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 9:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
John Wall and Bradley Beal vs. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum
The big story of Saturday night will be about the backcourts. John Wall and Bradley Beal are both having career years, forcing their way into the conversation of the best backcourt tandems in the NBA. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum were in a similar position last season when Lillard made the All-Star Team and McCollum received the Most Improved Player award. Both are still playing at a very high level, but the Blazers find themselves outside of playoff position looking in, while the Wizards are sitting pretty at No. 2 in the East. A year ago the Portland duo would have been considered the clear favorite between the two. Wall and Beal have a chance to change that tonight.
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Jusuf Nurkic is a man on fire
The Blazers big man put up a dizzying 28 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists in an overtime defeat of the Sixers. He's been Portland's most exciting player since the All-Star break, not to mention hitting 75-percent of his free throws in that span. At 7-feet and 280 pounds, he'll be a handful for Wizards big men tonight.
Need more from Brandon Jennings
On the second night of a back-to-back on the road, John Wall could really use some solid minutes – scoring and playmaking – from Brandon Jennings. Jennings hasn't found his groove with Wizards yet. He played 13 minutes of the overtime win in Sacramento and scored zero points. Since signing with Washington, he's averaging 1.6 points on 19-percent shooting. He still contributes with more than four assists off the bench, but if he was going to pick a time to start scoring, now would be it. A fifth consecutive win is on the line.
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