How to watch the NBA Finals from Washington D.C.
The Wizards will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals for the fifth time.
The Wizards have never lost to the Lakers, but they have not won in Los Angeles since Jan. 10, 2019, when the Wizards beat the Lakers 110-108.
In this game, the Wizards are hoping to win their fifth straight NBA championship.
Washington has the best record in the league and will be the favorites to win the series.
The last time the Wizards won five straight NBA finals was in the 2005-06 season.
Washington is hoping to play in the first round again after beating Golden State 117-94 in the second round.
After two seasons without a title, the NBA is entering the final season of its collective bargaining agreement with a $1.2 trillion deficit.
If the league can’t find some sort of revenue, the team could be forced to sell its remaining NBA assets.
That could include a significant chunk of its revenue from tickets, sponsorships and merchandise sales.
A potential revenue stream could come from the sale of the Wizards’ former arena.
The team is seeking to purchase the land adjacent to the FedExForum in downtown D.N.C., which the city owns.
If Washington is able to secure the land, it could be a way to increase revenue by selling the arena.
In the meantime, the arena could be in use for games, as well as a new home for the Washington Capitals, the franchise that has played at FedExForums for almost 30 years.
The arena could also serve as a temporary home for a future team, if the team becomes an NBA franchise.
For the Wizards, the playoffs represent the ultimate test.
The franchise is hoping the playoffs will prove to be a great test.
They have played in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, winning the title in 2016.
The Washington Wizards won the NBA championship in 2007.