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Wizards at Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards at Pistons: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Wizards look to keep their positive momentum going Monday night as they travel to Detroit for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Pistons. The two teams met  Jan. 21 as Washington walked away victorious, 101-87.

The Wizards (24-32) trail the Pistons (25-29) by two games for the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. Tune in to NBC Sports Washington for pregame, postgame and live game coverage of Wizards at Pistons. 

WIZARDS at PISTONS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons, 2019 NBA Regular Season, Game 57

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan 

When: Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards-Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington + (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Wizards at Pistons live on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. After the game tonight, Wizards Postgame Live and Wizards Outsiders are streaming exclusively on the MyTeams app. Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS at PISTONS TV SCHEDULE:

7:00 PM: Wizards at Pistons
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (MyTeams App Exclusive)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (MyTeams App Exclusive)

WIZARDS at PISTONS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (Out, surgery), Dwight Howard (Out, back)

WIZARDS at PISTONS SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 283 games (8 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Pistons lead series, 154-129

Playoff Record: Pistons lead series 6-2

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Pistons 101-87 on 1/21/2019

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No, John Wall will not play this season under the new NBA format

No, John Wall will not play this season under the new NBA format

The first question for a lot of Wizards fans hearing the news the NBA plans to return in late July and with a format that could put Washington in the playoffs may be how this affects John Wall. The season delay has allowed Wall more time to recover from his Achilles surgery, and now that the playoffs are seemingly more possible for the Wizards than they were previously, it's fair to ask.

But the answer remains the same. Wall, in fact, did a radio interview just this week on the Team 980 where he said he is not playing and the question was within the context of the new format.

Here's what Wall said:

"I won't play at all. I will wait until next season. The decision has been already made. No, I'm not," he said.

Wall was reiterating what he and the Wizards have said for months, including at different stops along the way as the NBA has floated other return-to-play scenarios. As he and general manager Tommy Sheppard have explained it, bringing Wall back after all this time off away from the team is just not as easy as it may sound.

They have a plan and are sticking to it. They are looking past this season for Wall, hoping the extra time will help him come back healthy and also preserve the investment they have made in him with a supermax contract.

There is also an element to this that isn't often being mentioned. If the Wizards made the playoffs and got past the eighth seed to qualify for the first round, they would play a Bucks team that was on pace for one of the best records in history. The Wizards would likely be knocked out quickly by them, if not easily.

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Is it worth bringing Wall back for that likely result? He would be thrown into the fire after 20 months off. Remember, he hasn't played since December of 2018.

Wall would have to, on a surgically repaired Achilles, get up to speed very quickly and then play in high-intensity games. If he waits until the 2020-21 season, he would get preseason games to work out the kinks, then essentially be in the same boat as everyone else at the beginning of the regular season campaign.

Also, it's logical to expect Wall to be on a minutes limit initially and be held out of back-to-backs. A truncated schedule of games would present a difficult scenario for him and the training staff. 

Add it all up and it just doesn't make much sense, beyond the fact the Wizards have been adamant he won't play. Unless it has all been a ruse, or something changes, don't expect to see Wall this year.

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NBA to propose 22-team format for return in way that would include the Wizards

NBA to propose 22-team format for return in way that would include the Wizards

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will offer a return-to-play proposal to the league's Board of Governors on Thursday that includes 22 teams convening in Orlando, FL at Disney World, and the draft lottery and combine taking place in August.

The news, which was first reported by The Athletic, would mean the Washington Wizards play more games this year, as they have the 22nd-best record in the league. And the specific playoff rules would allow for them to potentially qualify if they made up some ground in the standings.

The Wizards currently sit 5 1/2 games back out of the eighth spot, but the NBA's proposal would have a play-in tournament. If the Wizards were fewer than four games out of eighth by the end of the regular season, they would play the No. 8 team for a playoff berth. Right now, the eighth-ranked team in the East is the Orlando Magic, but they are only a half-game behind the Brooklyn Nets.

The play-in format would be a short series. According to ESPN, the ninth-seed would have to beat the eighth-seed twice to get in.

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For the Wizards, there is a lot to like about this scenario. If it were agreed upon, they would be able to play more games and have a chance at the playoffs without being handed a spot.

According to ESPN, each team would play eight regular-season games before the playoffs. Even if the Wizards didn't make it, they would have eight games to develop their young players with something to fight for in terms of playoff stakes.

Eight games would also be plenty of time for them to potentially improve their draft stock. They currently have the ninth-best odds, but in this scenario would have room to move up or down.

The Wizards are 24-40 at the moment. Eight more games would give them 72 on the year, just 10 short of a full 82-game season. That would be longer and much closer to a full season than the lockout years of 1998-99 (50 games) and 2011-12 (66 games).

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