John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets on Friday 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. 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...
Bradley Beal said after the Wizards' win over the Hawks on Wednesday that he and his teammates had regained their "swag." John Wall and others praised their defensive effort to break out of a funk that saw them lose four of five for the first time since November. They looked good for the most part, no doubt. They held the Hawks to 39.5 percent shooting, the fifth time this year they have held a team under 40.
But now comes the question of whether they can carry it over. They need to take care of business against the Nets, the NBA's worst team. After Brooklyn they have the Cavs the following night to start a brutal five-game road trip. They can't afford to lose to Brooklyn with what is up ahead.
Wizards can clinch a playoff spot
It would require some help, but the Wizards can technically clinch a playoff spot on Friday night. If they win, and he Pistons lose, the Wizards are officially in after missing the playoffs entirely last year. Chicago has the same record as the Pistons, but the Wizards hold the tiebreaker over them by way of a 3-1 head-to-head record this season.
The Pistons, who have lost two straight, play the Magic in Orlando at 7 p.m, the same time as the Wizards. If the Wizards win and get some assistance, they could have something to celebrate late Friday night as they head to Cleveland.
Nets are actually playing okay
Despite being the NBA's worst team with just 14 wins, four of the Nets' victories have come in their last seven games. They just beat the Suns on Thursday and before that the Pistons, who are right outside the playoff picture. Amazingly, that was their first two-game winning streak of the entire season. Two games before Detroit they lost by just three points to the very good Celtics. The Nets are still fighting despite having been eliminated from the playoffs long ago.
The Nets, in fact, have the sixth-most wins in the month of March among all teams in the East. Their six wins are more than what the Cavaliers have this month, as well as the playoff-bound Pacers. Both of those teams have five.
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