After big wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat not too long ago, the Washington Wizards have fallen back to old habits and are struggling mightily.
Washington is now coming off two straight losses to the Heat and Charlotte Hornets, both by a margin over 20 or more points. Poor defense and struggles on the offensive side of the ball have been constant.
Now, the Wizards will look to change that quickly against the Chicago Bulls. The two teams have already seen each other twice on the young season, with the Bulls picking up wins in both contests.
Something needs to change, and it needs to happen fast. Can the Wizards right the ship? Here's how to catch all the action.
WIZARDS VS. BULLS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls
Where: Capital One Arena
Time: Monday, February 8, 8:00 p.m. ET
Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Click here for the channel finder)
Coverage: Wizards Pregame Live begins at 7:00 p.m. Stick around for Wizards Postgame Live immediately after the game.
WIZARDS vs. BULLS TV SCHEDULE
7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
8:00 PM: Wizards at Bulls (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
WIZARDS vs. BULLS: WHAT TO WATCH
Defense continues to be a major issue for the Wizards, so much so that it can be described as awful. Washington has the potential to score a large number of points, but it won't really matter if the defense can't stop anything. If the Wizards want to turn things around, it starts on that end of the floor.
During Washington's loss to the Hornets, it became clear that only one team was having fun. Charlotte was joking around and laughing throughout the contest, while the Wizards were being served a beatdown. It's not so much that the Hornets shouldn't have done that, but the Wizards should have responded and shown some heart. There was no fight and that needs to change moving forward.
WIZARDS vs. BULLS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (33.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.6 apg): Washington's offense goes as Beal does, and the scorer got back on track with 31 against the Hornets. Yet before that, he had potentially the worst shooting performance of his career and dropped just seven points. If Washington is going to win games, Beal has to score. He's the best player on the court and his performance dictates what happens for Washington.
Zach Lavine, G, NBulls (27.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.3 apg): Lavine has continued to ascend into an incredibly talented NBA player and is a star in Chicago. He recently dropped 39 points against the Magic has his offensive game continues to become more complete. Washington's struggling defense will have its hands full on Monday.
Tune in to NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday for full coverage of the Wizards game against the Bulls.