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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Vince Carter and the Sacramento Kings on Monday 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. SACRAMENTO KINGS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Wizards aim to keep it rolling

The Wizards aren't totally in the clear yet, but if they keep up what they have been doing the last two games, they could come out of this homestand feeling much better than they were just a few days ago. The homestand began with an ugly loss to the Dallas Mavericks, one that had Marcin Gortat describe the team's situation as a 's***hole.' In the time since, they have won two straight games and each with convincing efforts on the defensive end.

If the Wizards beat the Kings, they will be 8-5 on the season and have capped their homestand at 3-1. After that their schedule will get much tougher with a home-and-home matchup against the Miami Heat. After that it's a bunch of good teams including the Raptors, Bucks, Blazers and Timberwolves. The Kings game is not one they want to slip away from them.

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Keef is balling out

The Wizards have seen a significant boost to their frontcourt in the last two games with Markieff Morris finding his groove on the offensive end. Morris scored 18 points in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday night and 16 points in 17 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday. He has taken a lot of pressure off of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, who carried a heavy load early in the season.

Morris will be needed on Monday night to help match what is a physical Kings frontcourt with Zach Randolph and Willie Cauley-Stein. Morris and Marcin Gortat should have the advantage there, but those guys can make it tough if the refs are allowing a lot of contact.

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Another shot at Fox

The Wizards will see fifth overall pick De'Aaron Fox for the second time this season. The first game was a blowout Wizards win and Fox only scored two points. It was his worst game as a pro so far. But he's bounced back to average 11.2 points and 5.3 assists in his last six games.

The Kings have won two of their last three with wins coming against the Thunder and the Sixers. They are capable of surprising, especially when Fox gets the Kings playing fast.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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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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