How to Watch Washington Wizards Vs. Dallas Mavericks

How to Watch Washington Wizards Vs. Dallas Mavericks

How to watch Wizards vs. Mavericks originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards struggled mightily without Bradley Beal on Thursday night. They fell 120-91 to the Detroit Pistons, finishing with fewer than 30 points in all four quarters.

Russell Westbrook took the blame for one of the worst Wizards losses of the year. He recorded nine of Washington’s 24 turnovers in the 120-91 loss, an area he has consistently struggled in all season. He should shoulder some of the blame, but certainly not all of it. The team put together the worst free throw shooting game in franchise history, making just 6-of-19 from the line.

The Wizards will want to put that performance behind them, and the best way to do that is with a win against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. They’ll have a couple key contributors in Davis Bertans and Ish Smith back in the lineup to help turn this ship around.

Here’s everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS HOW TO WATCH 

What: Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Mavericks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder) 

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Mavericks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

Download and subscribe to the Wizards Talk podcast

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 p.m.: Wizards Pregame Live

7:00 p.m.: Wizards vs. Mavericks

9:30 p.m.: Wizards Postgame Live

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS: WHAT TO WATCH

  • Ish Smith and Davis Bertans are set to make their return against the Mavericks on Saturday. Over the last seven games, the Wizards have missed Bertans, their best shooter, with a right calf strain. Smith has missed the Wizards' last 24 games after suffering a quadriceps injury. His return will bring an already strained Wizards backcourt much needed relief.

  • The Wizards were expected to struggle with Bradley Beal out with a right hip contusion. In the last two games, Beal was listed as a game-time decision but was ruled out of both before tipoff. Saturday could mark his return, but the Wizards have again listed him as questionable. But in the event that he is not yet recovered, Scott Brooks and the Wizards will need to find a way to get it done without him.

  • In the one game that the Wizards have won since Bradley Beal’s injury, Rui Hachimura seemed to be the difference. He was aggressive on the boards and his offensive game followed. Scott Brooks, Beal and Westbrook have called for the 23-year-old forward to bring a more assertive version of himself to the floor and at times he’s answered. They need that Rui now.

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rui Hachimura, PF, Wizards (14.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg): Despite the Wizards' struggles after the All-Star break, Rui Hachimura had delivered some of his best play of the season before Thursday night. He was held to 10 points against the Pistons but extended his streak of double-figure games to 11, scoring 20 or more in six of those. The Wizards will look for him to get back on track on Saturday.

Luka Doncic, G, Mavericks (28.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 8.9 apg): The Mavericks' offense has been dominant since the All-Star break. Luka Doncic has led the way, shooting 52.2% in the second half of the season, and the Wizards have struggled to defend, particularly from the three-point line.

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