John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS at LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 10 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Division, history on the line
The Wizards enter Tuesday night needing either one win or one Hawks loss to clinch the Southeast Division and win their first division title in 38 years. The Wizards could clinch before they even take the court, as the Hawks play the Suns in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.
Not only is that 38-year drought the longest in the NBA, it's the longest such streak in American professional sports. No one in the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, WNBA or MLS have waited longer. Even though NBA division titles don't mean quite what they used to, that's absolutely amazing. You can read more about that impending feat right here.
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Both teams a little banged up
The Wizards have two notable injuries to their bench in Bojan Bogdanovic, who missed Saturday night's game against the Cavs with a stiff lower back, and Ian Mahinmi, who suffered a left hip pointer in the win in Cleveland and did not return afterwards. As CSN reported on Monday, both players are expected to be fine and back in the lineup against the Lakers.
For L.A., it's a bit more serious as second overall pick Brandon Ingram is questionable due to right patellar tendinitis. He is considered questionable against the Wizards. The Lakers already shut down veterans Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, so they will be a little thin regardless.
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Lakers are in a freefall
The decisions to rest Deng and Mozgov for the rest of the season have done the Lakers no favors in the wins department. They have been an absolute trainwreck for weeks, having lost 15 of their last 17 games and 26 of their last 32.
The 21-52 Lakers just don't have much to play for at this point and feature a roster full of young players that haven't come close to reaching their potential yet. The Wizards should have a big advantage here. We'll see if they take care of business.
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