John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Jarrett Allen, D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. BROOKLYN NETS
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
Tip-off: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live stream: You can stream Wizards vs. Nets live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.
WIZARDS vs. NETS THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. Coming off a tough one: The Wizards return to D.C. on Saturday night for their only home game in a seven-game, 13-day stretch. They just played two on the road and soon will head out for four more away games beginning with the Knicks on Monday night.
So far, this stretch has been a disaster. They lost by 21 points to the Pelicans on Wednesday and on Friday got obliterated by the Sixers. The Wizards trailed by as many as 35 points to Philly and lost by 25. They were out-rebounded 58-42 and they gave up 54 points in the paint.
The Sixers loss was a nightmare, so it's probably a good thing they have another game the very next day. They have an opportunity to put it behind them quickly.
2. Porter should be back: On top of Dwight Howard being out, there was another noticeable absence in the Wizards' lineup on Friday. They were missing forward Otto Porter Jr., who left the team to deal with a family matter.
Porter is expected to return for Saturday's game against the Net, but another guy to watch is Jeff Green. Green was a gametime decision due to back spasms and gave it a go against the Sixers, but took a hard fall on a collision with Ben Simmons. He returned to the game, but is likely to be pretty sore on Saturday.
3. Nets have had their number: The Wizards (8-14) may have a similar record to the Nets (8-15), but Brooklyn has owned this matchup the past two seasons. They have won three of the past four meetings, including in Washington just two weeks ago on Nov. 16.
Three-pointers will be particularly important. The Nets held the Wizards to only three threes in that last game and in their three recent wins have kept Washington to five or fewer threes each time. The one game the Wizards won, they made 10 threes.
Brooklyn is one of the best teams in basketball at defending the perimeter and they will do everything they can to stop the Wizards from getting hot from deep.
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