How to watch Wizards vs. Raptors


Can Washington bounce back from another heartbreaker?

The Wizards (23-22) host Toronto (21-21) on Friday night in a battle of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls. Washington will not only be looking to put their agonizing one-point loss against Brooklyn on Wednesday night behind them, but also avenge both their early-season losses to the Raptors. 

A slow start defensively again proved too costly as acting head coach Joseph Blair had a full complement of Wizards personnel to play against the Nets. Though a Brooklyn assistant coach getting involved by deflecting a pass away from Kyle Kuzma was the big story out the game, Washington again has only themselves to blame for digging too big a hole to climb out of. 

Toronto, on the other hand, has had a topsy-turvy start to the new calendar year. The Raptors looked like they were finally turning their poor start to the season around with a five-game win streak to start 2022, but have since lost four of their last five. The Wizards will look to make that five in six. 

Here's how to watch. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. 

When: Friday, Jan. 21, 8:00 p.m. ET

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


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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


7:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:00 PM: NBA: Wizards vs. Raptors (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)


From NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes:

"With 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool reached out from the bench and deflected a pass from Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie to Kyle Kuzma. It resulted in a Wizards turnover and a chaotic few moments as the Wizards aimed to close the gap late against Brooklyn." Read more.

From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:

"But after a 119-118 loss to the Nets on Wednesday at Capital One Arena, there are just eight games before the trade deadline on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. So while the good feelings about everyone’s return to the roster were, and are, valid, time is now starting to work against the 23-22 Wizards.

“Kind of like what I’ve been saying all year — you can wait, but you eventually run out of games,” Bradley Beal said. “We’re at the deadline now, you either make a move or you roll with what you have." Read more.


Wizards' projected starting five:

G Spencer Dinwiddie (13.6 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.4 RPG)

G Bradley Beal (23.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, 5.7 RPG)

F Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (11.5 PPG, 1.7 APG, 3.7 RPG)

F Kyle Kuzma (15.7 PPG, 2.9 APG, 8.8 RPG)

C Daniel Gafford (9.3 PPG, 1.0 APG, 6.4 RPG)

Raptors' projected starting five:

G Fred VanVleet (21.8 PPG, 6.8 APG, 4.8 RPG)

G Scottie Barnes (14.4 PPG, 3.4 APG, 7.9 RPG)

F OG Anunoby (19.1 PPG, 2.4 APG, 5.4 RPG)

F Pascal Siakam (21.0 PPG, 4.9 APG, 8.3 RPG)

C Precious Achiuwa (8.0 PPG, 1.3 APG, 7.8 RPG)