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Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards

The Wizards welcome the Hawks to DC for his or her first assembly since final yr's playoff collection.
Sport Data
Capital One Area | 7:00 p.m. | NBCSW |
Possible Starters
Wizards (6-5): G - Wall, G - Beal, F - Porter Jr., F - Morris, C - Gortat
Hawks (2-10): G - Schroder, G - Bazemore, F - Prince, F - Babbitt, C - Dedmon
Wizards: Sheldon Mac (Achilles - Out)
Hawks: Mike Muscala (Ankle - Uncertain), Deandre Bembry (Wrist - Out), Ersan Ilyasova (Knee - Out), Miles Plumlee (Quad - Out)

Storylines

Consistency

Consider it or not, the Wizards haven't gained consecutive video games since successful their first three to start the yr. However, after a cushty win over the Lakers on Thursday, they will have likelihood to string collectively again to again wins with the 2-10 Hawks on the town tonight. An enormous phrase being thrown round this Wizards crew proper now could be consistency, as that is one thing they've been missing by means of the primary couple of weeks of the 2017-18 season. They've performed properly at instances, however they've had too many lapses, particularly on the defensive finish which is why they're simply 6-5 by means of the primary 11 video games. In two of their final three video games, they've held their opponent to underneath 100 factors, and wound up with wins in each video games. They're now Three-Zero this season when holding groups underneath 100 factors and 46-Eight over the past three seasons after they accomplish this feat. The Hawks performed final night time in Detroit and enter tonight's recreation shorthanded, so this will likely be one other good likelihood for a wholesome Wizards squad to benefit from a struggling crew in DC.

Morris Discovering his Stroke

Markieff Morris missed the primary seven video games of the season on account of sports activities hernia surgical procedure in September, however he now has 4 video games underneath his belt and is coming off by far his greatest outing of the season, the place he had 16 factors on 6/7 capturing in 16 minutes towards the Lakers on Thursday. Morris might have been the crew's fourth main scorer on Thursday, as John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter all had 20+ factors, however it could actually't be overstated how essential Morris' function is on this crew and seeing him seem like his 2016-17 self once more was very encouraging.

Hawks Are available in Skinny up Entrance

The Hawks made some giant scale modifications within the offseason and this will likely be a a lot totally different trying crew than the one the Wizards performed within the playoffs final season. The Hawks traded beginning middle Dwight Howard to Charlotte and misplaced Paul Millsap, Tim Hardaway Jr., Thabo Sefolosha, and Mike Scott to free company.
Additionally they have a load of accidents of their frontcourt, as they will be with out Mike Muscala, Deandre' Bembry, Ersan Ilyasova, and Miles Plumlee tonight, leaving them very skinny on the entrance line. That can go away them with newly acquired middle Dewayne Dedmon, rookie John Collins, Luke Babbitt, and Taurean Prince because the wholesome our bodies accessible to play minutes on the ahead and middle spots.
Whereas they do not have the identical expertise they'd a yr in the past, it is a hungry Hawks crew, and one which lately beat the Cavs and performed the purple sizzling Celtics and Pistons all the way down to the wire. The Wizards are rather more acquainted with their backcourt of Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore and people will likely be two of the important thing gamers to decelerate to be able to safe one other victory tonight.
The Wizards' homestand wraps up on Monday after they host the Sacramento Kings. (7:00 p.m.)

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