The Washington Wizards host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday afternoon. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 2 p.m.
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Tuesday afternoon will feature a matchup between two of the top backcourt tandems in basketball. For the Wizards, it's John Wall and Bradley Beal, who are each enjoying career seasons and could both be on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. For the Blazers, it's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, one of the most dangerous offensive duos in basketball.
It should be fun watching both of these guard combos trading baskets throughout the game. Wall (22.9) and Beal (22.4) average a combined 45.3 points, or 43 percent of the Wizards' total output. Lillard (26.3) and McCollum (23.8) account for 50.1 points, or 46 percent of their team's total points. The Wizards will have to watch out for those two on the three-point line where Lillard shoots 34.2 percent on 7.4 attempts per game and McCollum hits at an impressive 42.5 percent on 6.2 shots per game. Lillard is also an expert at getting to the line, where he shoots 89.1 percent, with 7.4 attempts per game.
The Wizards have another opportunity on Monday afternoon to extend their NBA-best home winning streak. They have won 11 straight games at Verizon Center, which is the longest home winning streak since they won 15 straight in 1989. One more win and they will match the 1975-76 Bullets for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.
The Wizards continue to shoot lights-out at home. Their 48.7 home field-goal percentage is second only to the Golden State Warriors, who score a ridiculous 120.9 points per game at Oracle Arena. The Wizards are also third in three-point percentage (41.1) at home, behind only the Warriors and Spurs, who are first.
Any time the Blazers are involved in a game these days, there is a chance for a lot of points. They are fourth in the NBA in points per game at 108.1 and second-worst in opponent points per game at 110.1. They shoot at a very high percentage, 45.9 percent (8th in the NBA) but also allow opponents to shoot at a good clip (45.6%).
Lillard and McCollum run the show, but they Blazers have three other players - Maurice Harkless, Mason Plumlee and Allen Crabbe - who average double-figures. Harkless and Plumlee both shoot over 50 percent.