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The Washington Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. BROOKLYN NETS

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...

Beal a gametime decision

The Wizards shared some great news on Bradley Beal's sprained right ankle at Thursday's practice, that his MRI came back clean and he is now considered day-to-day. Whether he will play on Friday night, though, is still up in the air. Beal will be a gametime decision.

If he can't go, that should mean more of Marcus Thornton and maybe Sheldon McClellan as well. Tomas Satoransky continues to see sparse playing time, but this could convince head coach Scott Brooks to use him more. The Wizards are 0-3 this season with Beal out of the lineup, so it won't be easy replacing his production especially on the offensive end.

Still streaking

The Wizards continue to find a good deal of success playing at the Verizon Center. They have won seven straight at home, a streak second only to the Warriors amond NBA teams. And at 12-6 in D.C., they have the second-most home wins of any team in the East. Couple that with the Nets' 1-15 road record, the worst mark in the NBA, and the odds appear good for the Wizards to keep it rolling.

 

If the Wizards were to pull out a win, they would reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. That would be a nice way to cap of the year 2016.

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Defense early

The Wizards beat the Nets in their first meeting on Dec. 5 in Brooklyn, but it wasn't easy. The Nets (8-23) are among the NBA's worst teams, yet they shot out to a 66-51 lead at halftime. The Wizards then clamped down to hold the Nets to just 15 points in the third quarter to set up a 118-113 victory.

The two players that hurt the Wizards most were Brook Lopez and Sean Kilpatrick. Lopez killed them in the first half and ended up with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including 2-for-4 from three. Kilpatrick continues to enjoy a solid season and dropped 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and also had six rebounds and four assists.

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