Despite a slow start to the season, the Washington Wizards still find themselves just a few games out of the playoff picture. A major reason why is a recent stretch in which Washington has won six of their last seven contests.
That includes a 3-1 road trip on the west coast with wins over tops teams like the Lakers, Blazers and Nuggets. For the first real time in the 2020-21 season, Washington is playing to its full potential.
Of course, Bradley Beal has a big role in that as the NBA All-Star starter is continuing to compete at a very high level. In addition to that, Russell Westbrook is finally healthy and recording triple-doubles like it's nothing and key role players are stepping up when it matters most.
Now, the Wizards have a chance to carry that momentum over into a Saturday night matchup at home with the Timberwolves -- the worst team in the NBA. Here's everything to know about the contest.
WIZARDS vs. TIMBERWOLVES HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Timberwolves will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Washington + channel (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Timberwolves on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS vs. NUGGETS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 p.m.: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 p.m.: Wizards vs. Timberwolves
9:30 p.m.: Wizards Postgame Live
WIZARDS vs. TIMBERWOLVES: WHAT TO WATCH
These teams met early in the season on January 1 and Washington picked up a convincing 130-109 win. It happened to be the Wizards' first victory of the campaign. Though the teams were both toward the bottom of the league early, the Wizards have begun to show their true potential. Therefore this time around, it's a game that Washington should and needs to win. When you're fighting to climb the standings, you can't lose games against inferior opponents.
A major difference this time, however, will be that Karl-Anthony Towns should be on the court. The star center was not available for the first matchup. As a dominant player in the post, Washington will need to find a way to slow him down.
WIZARDS vs. TIMBERWOLVES PLAYERS TO WATCH
Davis Bertans, G, Wizards (19.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 9.7 apg): Westbrook's initial games with Washington had some bumps even though he was putting up triple-doubles. Battling injuries, it was clear the star just wasn't 100%. Now healthy, Washington is seeing just how impactful he can be. Still dominating in the stats department, Westbrook has become a catalyst in commanding the offense, finding others and hitting big shots when he's needed.
Anthony Edwards, G, Timberwolves (14.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg): The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft has had his ups and downs early on. There is no denying his athleticism, as any Wizards defender may be at risk of being put on a poster at any time. Yet, it's his shooting that will dictate when he takes the next step. To this point, he's at just 37% from the field.