The Wizards welcome the Bucks to Capital One Arena Friday night at 7 p.m. Additionally, NBC Sports Washington will be debuting an interactive, alternate live-game experience featuring a free-to-play predictive gaming contest with a $500 prize, along with real-time sports-betting data and statistics, on NBC Sports Washington Plus.
This will be the first of eight Wizards telecasts this season featuring elements of the predictive gaming contest, entitled Predict the Game, and real-time data will be displayed on a graphics overlay surrounding the regular live-game presentation, including full audio and video. The game will also be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington, as previously scheduled.
On the court, the Wizards continue life without All-Star point guard John Wall, done for the season with a heel injury. However, Washington has won four of its past six and sits three games out of a playoff spot.
The Bucks, meanwhile, reign supreme in the Eastern Conference, lead by the "Greek Freak" himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee not only scores points in bunches (117.5 per game, tops in the NBA), but causes plenty of problems on defense, too.
PREDICT THE GAME HOW TO WATCH
What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington's postgame coverage.
Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).
How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize.
Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.
BUCKS at WIZARDS HOW TO WATCH
What: Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards, 2018-19 NBA Regular Season Game 43
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Bucks at Wizards game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).
Live Stream: You can live stream Bucks at Wizards on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
BUCKS at WIZARDS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Bucks at Wizards (Regular broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, Predict the Game broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
BUCKS at WIZARDS INJURY REPORT:
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Day-to-day, right quadriceps soreness, left hip bruise), Donte DiVincenzo (Day-to-day, right heel bursitis), D.J. Wilson (Day-to-day, hip), Christian Wood (Day-to-day, sprained right ankle)
BUCKS at WIZARDS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (24.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg): Beal has assumed alpha status for Washington with John Wall out for the year, and he has stepped up big-time, averaging just nearly 29 points per contest in the last five games. Can he stay hot against the stingy Bucks, who allow the lowest field goal percentage in the league?
Otto Porter Jr., SF, Wizards (12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg): Porter is coming off one of his best games of the season, dropping 23 points off the bench in Wednesday's win over the Sixers. As with Beal, he'll have a challenge getting shots off over lanky Milwaukee defenders.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Bucks (26.6 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 6.0 apg): The "Greek Freak" has the Bucks riding high at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and has rightfully entered the MVP conversation. For the Wizards, it will be a matter of containing Antetokounmpo rather than stopping him.
BUCKS at WIZARDS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time Meetings: 213 games (4 playoff games)
Regular Season Record: Bucks lead 117-92
Playoff Record: Bucks lead 4-0
Last Meeting: Wizards win 107-104 (Feb. 27, 2018)
Last 10: Wizards lead 6-4
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