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The Washington Wizards are heading into uncharted territory Friday night, as their game against the Milwaukee Bucks will be a sports betting-infused broadcast. 


NBC Sports Washington will have eight upcoming games with this type of coverage angle, and there will be a free-to-play contest with a $500 prize. "Predict the Game," asks fans about 30 in-game questions, and they can go to NBC Sports Washington's website to submit their live answers, eventually answering questions through the broadcast. 

"It's the 1.0 version of where we're ultimately going," said Zach Leonsis, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at the Wizards' ownership group Monumental Sports & Entertainment. "This will get more advanced. The challenge for operators will be to make sure that the gameplay is supportive and not interruptive of the broadcast itself." 


The District of Columbia voted to legalize sports betting in the city in mid-December, but the law is still waiting on Congressional approval. Leonsis said that he expected sports betting in D.C. to be "up and running by MLB's Opening Day." 

Friday's game will be the official debut for "Predict the Game," with additional dates set for Jan. 27 at the San Antonio Spurs, Jan. 30 against the Indiana Pacers, Feb. 2 against the Bucks, Feb. 22 at the Charlotte Hornets, March 3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, March 19 against the Utah Jazz and April 5 against the Spurs. 


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