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Open thread: Regular season game 6

The essentials:
Wizards (0-5) at Hawks (2-3)
2 p.m.
Philips Center

Last year:
October 18: Wizards 97, Hawks 96
March 2: Wizards 93, Hawks 92
March 7: Hawks 100, Wizards 97
April 13: Wizards 98, Hawks 95

Notable Hawks numbers this season (pound the salt):
20th in expected winning percentage (.357).
24th in pace factor (89.8 possessions per game).
23rd in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (102.1).
17th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (106.5).

Notable Hawks numbers last season
29th in expected winning percentage (.329).
24th in pace factor (88.8 possessions per game).
29th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (104.3).
23rd in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (109.8).

Key links
Atlanta Hawks Blog
Impending Firestorm
Competition Discussion: Atlanta
Atlanta Hawks Blog's Blog Preview
Impeding Firestorm's Blog Preview
Wizards: Worst in Show
...but at least they're cheap

Starting lineups:

PG: Acie Law IV
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Marvin Williams
PF: Josh Smith
C: Al Horford

PG: Gilbert Arenas
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Brendan Haywood

Tonight's lines:
Wizards at Hawks: Hawks by 4.5
Over/Under on Big 3 scoring: 60.8 points.

I'm not sure there's really anything to be said that hasn't been said already.  The Wizards desperately need a win today, not only for confidence, but for the simple reason that they're playing a division rival on the road and need a W if they want to keep up with the rest of the division.   A win today wouldn't heal all wounds, but a loss would create a whole lot more. Let's hope that Boston's beatdown of Atlanta on Friday night doesn't doesn't produce the same desire to redeem themselves like it did for Denver.

As always, this is an open thread so if you want to talk about this totally pales in comparison to this or discuss if the Wizards are playing for Eddie Jordan's job today do it here.