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How to watch Wizards vs. Raptors

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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. 

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS 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

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS TV SCHEDULE

7:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

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

10:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS WHAT TO WATCH

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 vs. RAPTORS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

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)