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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday 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…


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...

Wizards on a roll

Lately, it seems like the Wizards are getting better by the game. They currently hold a season-high six-game winning streak and a league-high 16-game winning streak at home. If they win on Saturday vs. New Orleans, that will be 17 straight, just five short of the franchise record for consecutive home wins (22), set back in 1974-75. It would truly be something if the Wizards were to put that on the line Monday with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in town for a national TV game.

Before we put the cart before the horse, let's go back to that six-game winning streak. If they beat the Pelicans, they will have won seven straight for the first time since January of 2005 and that would tie them for the seventh-longest win streak in franchise history. The franchise mark, in fact, is just nine. That's tied with the Magic for the shortest all-time winning streak of any NBA franchise. The last time the Wizards won nine straight was in December of 2001, when Michael Jordan was playing. They have accomplished the feat five different times.

The all-time record win streak for a D.C. basketball team, in case you are interested, is 20 straight. That was done by the Washington Capitals in 1948. Red Auerbach coached that team and turned 31 during the streak. The run overlapped his second and third seasons as an NBA coach.

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Beal is on fire

Okay, back to the modern day Wizards. As the Pelicans learned last Sunday, shooting guard Bradley Beal is not one to mess with. Ever since he broke out of his 0-for-20 three-point slump, he has been near unstoppable. Since Jan. 23, when he started hitting threes again and the Wizards began their six-game streak, Beal is averaging 23.7 points on 57.1 percent shooting. He's shotting 42.9 percent from three on seven attempts per game and has an average plus-minus rating of +15.2.

New Orleans had a tough time with Beal on Sunday. He dropped 27 points (11-of-16 FG, 3-of-6 3PT) to go along with a season-high six rebounds. The Pelicans don't seem to have an answer for Beal at all. We'll see if that continues on Saturday night.

[RELATED: 5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pelicans]

Will anyone besides Davis and Holiday show up?

The Wizards beat the Pelicans last weekend in part because they basically shut down everyone on their team except their two best players, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. Both of them got theirs and each scored efficiently. Davis went off for 36 points (15-of-25 FG) with 17 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. That is a heck of a box score line. Holiday was also very good with 26 points (11-for-19), 11 assists and four rebounds.

It was the rest of the Pelicans' roster that mostly didn't show up. Besides Donatas Motiejunas, who had 10 points off their bench, everyone else was awful. Their starting lineup outside of Davis and Holiday combined for 12 points, including zero in 16 minutes from rookie Buddy Hield. That won't cut it against a lineup as balanced as the Wizards'.

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

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This date in Wizards history: Kobe Bryant scores 55 in last matchup with Michael Jordan

This date in Wizards history: Kobe Bryant scores 55 in last matchup with Michael Jordan

With the NBA season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wizards, or any team for that matter, are currently unable to make their mark on the NBA history books. 

So on this day, March 28th, we roll the clocks back 17 years to a major moment in not only Wizards history, but in NBA history as well. The final meeting between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. 

2003 was Jordan's second season in Washington and his last in a legendary 15-year career where he won six championships, five MVPs, 10 scoring titles and nine All-Defensive selections.

If anyone came close to being the next MJ, it was Bryant. By their final meeting, the 24-year-old prodigy already had three titles and more than enough reason to put on a show against his idol. 

Bryant went for 55 points against the Wizards, scoring 42 in the first half. He went 15-for-29 from the field and made 9-of-13 from three. Safe to say, Bryant was on a mission following a one-point loss to the Wizards earlier that season. 

He scored an inefficient 27 points on 8-21 shooting and was outplayed by a 40-year-old Jordan. According to Gilbert Arenas, Jordan told Bryant he would never fill his shoes following the loss. In true Bryant fashion, he held onto that moment, apparently didn't talk to his teammates for two weeks leading up to the rematch and took it all out on the Wizards. 

Jordan didn't have a bad game by any stretch. He still scored 23 points on 10-20 shooting to go along with four assists, but he was simply no match for Bryant. 

The Wizards would go on to finish 37-45 miss out on the playoffs and take Jarvis Hayes with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

The Lakers went for the first run of four-straight titles since Bill Russell's Celtics but fell short in the Western Conference Semifinals to Tim Duncan and the Spurs. They'd return to the Finals the following year only to lose to the Pistons. After that, Shaquille O'Neal was traded to Miami and the Lakers didn't win a championship for another five years. 

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Bradley Beal hits game-winning three to lift Wizards over Bucks in 2K simulation

Bradley Beal hits game-winning three to lift Wizards over Bucks in 2K simulation

In perhaps the most exciting 2K simulation yet, the Wizards were able to get their third straight win while getting revenge on the Bucks with a thrilling 80-79 win. 

Bradley Beal was the hero in this one, drilling a game-winning three with just 2.1 seconds left on the clock.

The Bucks, both real and virtual, might want to rethink how they guard Beal. He's torched them in every possible setting this season. He finished with 28 points and shot 12/28 from the field, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter alone. Stop me if you've heard this song before. 

A game of runs

This game was all over the place, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

The Bucks started the game with an 8-0 lead, which was then followed by an 11-2 run by Washington. Then in the second, Milwaukee went on 12-2 run, only to be answered with a 7-0 run by the Wizards thanks to Troy Brown Jr. 

The Wizards led by four points at the end of the first half, but then the Bucks used a 15-6 run in the third to build a lead going into the final frame. 

The fourth quarter featured four lead changes in just eight minutes of play, with the Bucks leading by five with 1:20 left in the game. That was, of course, until the Wizards went on an 11-5 run to end the game. 

A back-and-forth contest in the way you'd least expect, but at least it made for some entertaining hoops. 

Wizards overcome Giannis

In consecutive 2K simulation against the Wizards, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an absolute monster. 

On Friday night, the reigning MVP went off for 38 points and 14 rebounds and shot 16-for-21 from the floor. Once again, he was impossible to keep out of the paint and the Wizards' front line, like every other team in the NBA, didn't have much of an answer for him. 

Still, the Wizards were able to overcome such a performance this time, mostly thanks to Eric Bledsoe.

The Bucks point guard had a terrible shooting night, going 2-12 from the field for a measly seven points. He even had a chance to redeem himself at the final buzzer, but his potential game-winning shot rolled right off the rim as the final buzzer sounded. 

Other parting thoughts

Before Beal hit the game-winner, Jerome Robinson had the highlight of the night with a no-look pass to Thomas Bryant for a dunk. Since the 2K version of Scott Brooks swapped Robinson for Brown in the starting lineup, both players have played really well in their new roles. 

Brown had 12 points in 14 minutes, while Robinson had 13 of his own to go along with a few impressive dunks. 

Something interesting happened during the second quarter. The 2K broadcast crew consisting of Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony and Chris Webber mentioned how there has always been a rift between Beal and teammate John Wall. Beal denied the idea in-game, which goes right along with how he's addressed the situation in real life. Just an interesting moment in the first half.

Bryant continues to be an exceptional shot-blocker in a video-game setting. He had several impressive swats against the Celtics earlier in the week, and he did so again Friday in Milwaukee. 

Now, winners of three straight, the 2K Wizards will have their work cut out for them Saturday as they'll play host to LeBron James and the Lakers at virtual Capital One Arena. 

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.