The Wizards' "murderers row" of scrimmage opponents continues Monday afternoon as they take on LeBron James and the Lakers in their final tune-up before seeding games begin inside the NBA bubble.
Washington is coming off back-to-back losses to the Nuggets and Clippers, two of the top three teams in the Western Conference. Now, they'll have their hands full with the team with the best record in the West.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, and more...
WIZARDS vs. LAKERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Florida
When: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Lakers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Lakers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS vs. LAKERS TV SCHEDULE
2:00 PM: Race and Sports in America: Conversations (R)
8:00 PM: NBA Scrimmage: Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers (LIVE)
5:30 PM: NHL: Washington Capitals intrasquad scrimmage (R)
WIZARDS vs. LAKERS: WHAT TO WATCH
It's never a bad thing to play against one of the best teams in the league. Washington will have to find its identity without Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans quickly if they hope to make a legitimate push toward the postseason. That means figuring out what you have in players like Isaac Bonga and building off of tough losses like the one the Wizards suffered to the Clippers Saturday night.
Playing the best teams bring that out of you more and serve as a measuring stick moving forward. Want to find out how far away you are from where you need to be? The Lakers are going to let you know. This will be a big, but useful test for Rui Hachimura and Troy Brown Jr. (If he's healthy) as they adapt to featured roles on this team.
WIZARDS vs. LAKERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Rui Hachimura, F, Wizards (13.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 apg): Hachimura will be one of the Wizards' go-to scorers in the bubble with Beal and Bertans sitting out. The rookie forward had moments of brilliance during his rookie season, but it'll be interesting to see how he handles a featured role with this group of young Wizards players.
LeBron James, F, Lakers (25.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 10.6 apg): Need we say more? If it weren't for Giannis Antetokounmpo putting in a historic season with the Bucks, James would probably be well on his way to a fifth MVP award.
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