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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…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

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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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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