How to watch Washington Wizards vs Indiana Pacers

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How to watch Wizards vs Pacers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards snapped their three-game losing skid on Saturday night with a 106-92 win, even with Bradley Beal leaving early to injury. Russell Westbrook secured his 15th triple-double of the season to lead Washington with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists. 

Westbrook was paramount in helping the Wizards stave off any comeback efforts from the Detroit Pistons. Beal didn't play after suffering a hip contusion in the third quarter, and it appeared the Wizards' big lead would be in jeopardy during parts of the final 12 minutes. Washington held strong, though, and finished off Detroit. 

Now Westbrook and company shift their attention to their first meeting with the Indiana Pacers, who are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and are an opponent the Wizards will have to start making up ground on quickly to get into one of the four NBA playoff play-in spots. Can they get their second win in a row? 

Here's how to watch!

WIZARDS VS. PACERS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. 

When: Monday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. ET

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs PACERS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:00 PM: NBA: Wizards vs. Pacers (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs PACERS WHAT TO WATCH

  • The Wizards currently sit five games back of Indiana and three games behind the 10th-placed Bulls. After the NBA bubble experimented with the No. 7-10 play-in seeding for last season's playoffs, the league decided to implement the measure for this year's postseason, too. This gives Washington much more hope of making the playoffs. Under the old system, they would be five games out of the final spot currently held by the No. 8 seed Miami Heat. 

  • Indiana has picked up its play as of late after losing four of five games heading into the NBA All-Star break. The Pacers are 5-4 since returning and have won their last two contests against Detroit and the Dallas Mavericks. Caris LaVert has been a bright spot since returning to the lineup two months removed from his surgery to remove a cancerous mass. 

  • Indiana sports the second-best shot blocking defense in the NBA this season. Center Myles Turner's 6-foot-11 frame and expansive 7-foot-4 wingspan is a big reason why. Turner averages a league-best 3.5 blocks per game, a sizable margin over Rudy Gobert's 2.9 bpg in second. If the Wizards are going to have interior success on Monday night, they'll have to be creative in their shot-making with Turner lurking. 

WIZARDS vs PACERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards (31.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.8 apg): Beal suffered a hip contusion and didn't return to the Wizards' Saturday night win against the Pistons. Beal hasn't scored 30 points since the March 18 loss against the Jazz, when he produced 43 points. If he's cleared to play, watch to see how the Pacers opt to defend the league's leading scorer. 

Domantas Sabonis, PF, Pacers (20.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 6.1 apg): The reigning All-Star skills competition champion has been Indiana's most stable contributor the past couple of seasons. That hasn't changed in 2021. Sabonis has remained a double-double machine and will be a tough assignment for Washington's Rui Hachimura.