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Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Lauri Markannen, Kris Dunn, Nikola Mirotic and the Chicago Bulls on New Year's Eve afternoon.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHICAGO BULLS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 3:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Searching for consistency

In their last three games, the Wizards have beaten the Celtics and Rockets, teams with two of the top three records in the NBA. They have also lost to the Atlanta Hawks, the worst team in the entire league. It has been an up-and-down stretch and a microcosm of their season so far. They play really well against good teams and sometimes really bad against the bad teams.

The Bulls will give them a chance to rewrite the narrative a bit. Their 13-22 record puts them below .500 and the Wizards are 9-10 against losing teams with the most such losses in the NBA. They beat the Rockets and won in impressive fashion. Can they now take care of business against a lesser team? We shall see.

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Bulls are rising

This isn't your average 13-22 team. After beginning the season 3-20, the Bulls have gone 10-2 in their last 12. It's an incredible turnaround and though they may not even sniff the playoffs, it's a testament to head coach Fred Hoiberg and his team's resolve.

A huge reason for the Bulls' improved play has been the return of forward Nikola Mirotic following the broken bones he suffered in his face in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis. Mirotic has been their leading scorer with 18.1 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds. He's shooting an excellent 50.3 percent from the field and 48 percent from three. Since he's returned, the Bulls are fourth in points per game (109.0), ninth in field goal percentage (47.3) and sixth in three-point percentage (38.3). They have also been the NBA's best team at defending the three point line during that stretch.

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Young talent

The Bulls may fall back down to Earth soon but the future is bright for several of their young players. They have 20-year-old big man Lauri Markannen, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft. He is averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. They got the pick to take Markannen in their trade with the T'Wolves that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. They also got back 23-year-old point guard Kris Dunn, the fifth pick in the 2016 draft. He's averaging 13.2 points, 5.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Then there's Portis, who at 22 years old is averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Dunn, though, is dealing with knee tendinitis. He was a late scratch for the Bulls' game on Friday and didn't practice on Saturday. It is uncertain if he wll be available against the Wizards.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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