How to watch Wizards vs. Thunder

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

The Wizards have won four straight games and are tied for that final play-in spot with Chicago heading into their first meeting of the season against the rebuilding Thunder. 

Washington's last victory came on Saturday against the Pistons in dominant fashion. The good news: Russell Westbrook secured his 25th triple-double of the season to continue bolstering his franchise record while the league's leading scorer, Bradley Beal, had a game-high 37 points. The bad news: both Rui Hachimura and Alex Len left the game with injuries. 

Saturday night's win was the first time Beal got to enjoy playing in front of his family in over a year. The Wizards guard's 37 points helped him stay in front of Warriors star Steph Curry, who's right on Beal's heels in the scoring race. Beal isn't concerned about the race, however, remaining more focused on the chase to the playoffs instead. 

Can the Wizards extend their winning streak to five when they play Oklahoma City? Here's how to watch. 

WIZARDS vs. THUNDER HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: Monday, April 19, 8 p.m. ET 

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Thunder will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Washington's Plus channel (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. THUNDER TV SCHEDULE

7:00 p.m.: Wizards Pregame Live

8:00 p.m.: Wizards vs. Thunder

9:30 p.m.: Wizards Postgame Live

WIZARDS vs. THUNDER: WHAT TO WATCH

Daniel Gafford has been one of the biggest midseason bright spots for the Wizards. The former Bull has impressed ever since general manager Tommy Sheppard dealt Troy Brown Jr. and picks to Chicago on before the trade deadline. Washington lacked a real rim-running big who could provide ample energy on both ends of the court, and Gafford has provided just that. He finished with eight points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes of game time versus Detroit, still working his way back to more minutes as he nurses his injured ankle. 

Westbrook's balanced stat line of 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Pistons gave him his 25th triple-double. With 16 regular season games remaining, he sits just 10 triple-doubles behind the all-time record of 181 set by Oscar Robertson in 1974. The more Westbrook continues to dazzle in the box score, the more it seems like his feats aren't as extraordinary as they truly are. Never take his "mind-boggling" greatness for granted. 

Even in defeat, opposing coaches are in awe of the superpowers Westbrook possesses on the court. Detroit coach Dwayne Casey said there's a difference playing Washington this season, noting the Wizards have taken on his tenacious personality. That's no coincidence either, as coach Scott Brooks and company have made a concerted effort to make sure the team's young core like Hachimura and Deni Avdija are learning from Westbrook's insatiable work ethic

WIZARDS vs. THUNDER PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards (31.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg): Much has been made about Bradley Beal’s scoring title as Steph Curry approaches him on the leading scorers list. Beal’s 37-point performance agains the Pistons kept him on top for the time being, but his real priority will be his health. He’s played big minutes despite dealing with nerve issues stemming from a hip injury. He’ll need his teammates to step up and help him get the job done against the Thunder.

Lugentz Dort, SG, Thunder (13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg): As Oklahoma City continues to rotate their lineups with an eye towards the future, Lu Dort has been consistent mainstay while guys like Al Horford and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are rested. Dort will be called upon to do all he can to stop Beal on Monday night, but that's much easier said than done.