How to watch Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks

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

The 2020-21 season has been less than ideal for the Washington Wizards, and that is putting it nicely. 

With a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, Washington now sits at 3-11 on the young season and are losers of six of its last seven contest. Despite Bradley Beal putting up All-NBA numbers on a nightly basis, the Wizards have been unable to help their star player.

That, of course, leads to some frustration. Even Beal, who has remained positive and wants to change the tide in Washington, admits that it's hard not to be angry about what is playing out. Still, Beal and others believe that the start to the season doesn't have to define them.

The first chance to prove that will come Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. At 9-9, Atlanta is a young team led by Trae Young that features a lot of offense. If Washington wants to end the three-game skid, it will need to play its best basketball.

Can things get turned around on Friday? Here's everything to know about the contest.

WIZARDS vs. HAWKS HOW TO WATCH 

What: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks 

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

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WIZARDS vs. HAWKS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 p.m.: Wizards Pregame Live

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

9:30 p.m.: Wizards Postgame Live

WIZARDS vs. HAWKS: WHAT TO WATCH

There should be a lot of points in this game, Washington is one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA, ranking fourth in points per game. Atlanta sits at 12 but has plenty of firepower to light up the scoreboard on a nightly basis. The Wizards also don't play much defense, so expect the ball to be in the net plenty on Friday. 

Can Bradley Beal get some help? The star guard is averaging 35.4 points per game and dominating on the offensive end. With that type of production, Washington should be able to pick up some wins, right? Wrong. Washington is struggling to do much of anything and the only solution is to get him some help. Beal is trying to do it all by himself, but he just can't.

WIZARDS vs. HAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Russell Westbrook, G, Wizards (18.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 10.2 apg): Westbrook's stats look great, as he's nearly averaging a triple-double this season. However, it's clear that he is not 100 percent on the court and it has hampered Washington's potential to succeed. He's shooting just 37% from the field and averaging around five turnovers per contest. Westbrook sat out Wednesday's game as a selected rest day but should return for Friday. If he does, the Wizards will need better play out of him.

Trae Young, G, Hawks (26.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 8.8 apg): Young has blossomed into one of the best young guards in the NBA and is a threat to score from almost anywhere on the court. With some of the largest range in the NBA, the sharpshooter is going to command a lot of Washington's attention.