John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and the New York Knicks on Tuesday 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 vs. NEW YORK KNICKS
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Home streak on the line
The Wizards return home on Monday night after playing five of their last six on the road. Lately, they have played well no matter the location with eight wins in their last nine games, but at home they have been a juggernaut, boasting the third-most wins in basketball. Only the Cavaliers and Warriors have won more on their home court.
For the Wizards, that also includes a 14-game home winning streak which will once again be put to the test. Six of the Wizards' next seven games are at home and included in that bunch are some very tough opponents: the Cavs, Pacers and Thunder. They also play the Pelicans, who put up a good fight on Sunday.
If the Wizards win on Monday, their streak will reach 15 and match the 1988-89 Bullets for the second-longest in franchise history. The franchise mark is 22, set by the 1974-75 Bullets.
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Can they contain Kristaps again?
The Wizards have already beaten the Knicks twice this season and in both of those matchups they for the most part kept star Kristaps Porzingis in check. In the first game between the teams on Nov. 17 in Washington, Porzingis scored a modest 16 points. That was one night after he went off for a career-high of 35 against the Pistons.
In the second game between the teams on Jan. 19 in New York, Porzingis finished with 15 points and missed all three of his three-point attempts. Markieff Morris has proven this season that he is capable of guarding mobile big men who can shoot. He gave Porzingis problems, particularly in the first game, and will look to do so again on Monday night.
Possible tension between the teams
The last game these two teams played ended in controversy as Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe walked onto the court during the Knicks' final offensive possession. Knicks guard Courtney Lee said afterwards that Lowe's presence threw him off and convinced him to pass the ball instead of shooting when he was momentarily open. He was confused and thought Lowe was a defensive player. The league later ruled that Lowe should have been assessed a technical in their two-minute report and issued him a fine.
Given it's a controversy involving an assistant coach, it's unlikely anything will come of it on Monday night. But it is something to keep in mind, at least for Wizards fans. At this point the Knicks probably have plenty of bigger things to worry about with how dysfunctional they have become in recent weeks.