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Wizards vs. Knicks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Knicks: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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.

[RELATED: Confident John Wall says Wizards can make Eastern Conference Finals]

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Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Wizards enter Wednesday's matchup with the Nets having lost three straight games since the All-Star break, but not all losses are created equal.

First, they fell at home to the struggling Cavaliers, followed by a road loss to the also-struggling Bulls. Then, they took the Bucks, the best team in basketball, to overtime in a thrilling 137-134 loss Monday night.

The real story, though, is the recent play of Bradley Beal. The Wizards' star has scored at least 25 points in 15 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history. 

More importantly, he dropped 53 and 55 points in back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday. He's the first NBA player to reach 50 points in back-to-back losses in more than 50 years, and he has the most combined points in back-to-back games in franchise history.

The biggest question Wednesday night will be what he has in store for a follow up. Here is everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. NETS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Nets on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. NETS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

10:00 PM: DC Sports Live

10:30 PM: Wizards Talk

WIZARDS vs. NETS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards (30.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.0 APG): Beal has scored 53 and 55 points in his last two games, the first player in franchise history to score at least 50 in back-to-back nights. What will he do for an encore?

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets (20.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.7 APG):  With Kyrie Irving out for the season, Dinwiddie is the Nets' leading scorer and assist man. He will be charged with going toe-to-toe with the scorching hot Beal.

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Bradley Beal's brilliance is worth appreciating, no matter the games ending in losses

Bradley Beal's brilliance is worth appreciating, no matter the games ending in losses

WASHINGTON -- You don't often see emotions mixed in basketball to the degree they were for Bradley Beal on Monday night. After his team fell just short against the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, he described the game as simultaneously "terrible" and "the most fun [he's] ever played in."

That is a bizarre range of extremes. But it also makes perfect sense if you either watched the game or took a glance at where Beal's recent surge has placed in NBA history.

Take for instance the fact Beal scored 55 points, a career-high, one night after setting a career-high with 53 points against the Bulls. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962, 58 years ago, to have 53 points or more in consecutive games and lose both of them.

Two losses in two games, but 108 points scored. That will certainly leave you conflicted.

Also look at the way the game transpired. Beal scored 22 of the Wizards' final 24 points in regulation to force overtime. It was a miracle effort against a Bucks team currently on pace for the third-most regular season wins in NBA history. The 20-35 Wizards even forcing an extra period against this team and after trailing by 20 points was impressive in its own right.

Still, they lost. And that left Beal talking out both sides of his mouth.

"I'm a winner, so you can throw those 55 out with the last 53," Beal said seconds before adding: "We showed some resilience. In our head, we're viewing this as a first round match-up if we get [to the playoffs]. This is kind of our message to them."

Really though, no matter the result, this was arguably the best game of Beal's career and not just because of the point total. You could build a case for other games of his, ones where he had triple-doubles or that actually resulted in Wizards wins. But scoring 22 of his team's 24 points in a span of about seven minutes to will them to overtime was a next-level takeover. 

And Beal happened to have this night with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton on the court. Beal, of course, was not a 2020 All-Star and this was yet another moment that made people say he should have been one.

"He’s an All-Star," guard Shabazz Napier said. "We expect that."

Beal was not an All-Star, though. And the more he plays like this, the more he does indeed make it seem ludicrous he wasn't one. After these last two games, for example, he is now averaging 30.1 points per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Only James Harden (35.3) is averaging more this season.

Speaking of Harden and Chamberlain, Beal joined them as one of only three players in NBA history to score 53 points or more in consecutive games. He is the first to drop 50 on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant in 2007. Those are some of the very best scorers of all-time.

So, maybe Beal's name wasn't included with Middleton and Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons, and the other Eastern Conference All-Star reserves. For now, he will just have to settle with Chamberlain, Bryant and Harden instead.

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