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Wizards vs. Spurs preview: Washington looks to avoid three-game skid

The Wiz Kids are on a two game losing streak and need to win against the defending NBA Champions tonight to avoid their first three game skid since mid-February of last season.

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No, this is not a dream. Yes, this is real life.

If the Wizards drop their game tonight at the Spurs, they will be on a three game losing streak - their longest all season and first since mid-February.

But Washington travels to San Antonio tonight with a bit of hope in their mirror: the Spurs' December was their first losing month in nearly 16 years and they are far from the healthy and strong team that won the NBA title last season.

When and where? Unless you're in Texas and able to go to the AT&T Center in San Antonio, catch the game at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on CSN Washington.

Who's out? Bradley Beal, Drew Gooden and Nene are all day to day - but Beal and Nene both played last night. For the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand) and Tony Parker (strained hamstring) are out.

Are they good? The defending NBA Champions had quite an off month in December. They've been missing stars throughout the month, and it's hurting their record. Their Tuesday loss versus the Memphis Grizzlies put them under .500 for the month - something that hadn't happened since February 1999.

But, the Spurs are still are 11-5 at home and continue to dominate across the board. The put up 102.1 points per game (12th in the league), while allowing just 98.6 points against them (12th in the league). They also average 44.1 rebounds per game (10th in the league) and 24.2 assists per game (6th in the league).

Should I be worried about the Wiz Kids? Possibly. They remain 7-4 against the Western Conference, but their past two losses in a row have come against West teams. In the first loss to the Dallas Mavericks, they had 22 turnovers. In the second loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, they allowed the team to shoot 53 percent.

The offense has been decent - they shot 44.6 percent vs Dallas and 46.4 percent vs Oklahoma City - but they've been turning the ball over too much, allowing themselves to get beat in the paint and forgetting how to play defense.

But the Wiz are still having their best season in ... well, a long time. Last night's loss to Oklahoma City dropped them to 4th in the Eastern Conference, but by just a half a game behind Chicago. They're just 2 games out of first place! Hello, the Wizards are playing some great ball this season. But now they're 1-2 on this five-game road swing against some of the West's best, and need to win their next two to at least come out on top.

Who wins? As much as it pains me to say this, John Wall has not had a good past few games. Last night vs the Thunder, he may have had a double double (14 points, 12 assists), but he was 5-13 shooting - including 2-6 from beyond the arc - to accompany a bad late game turnover. Sure, he's shooting nearly 50 percent with roughly 16 points per game over the last 10, but he doesn't look himself. He needs a breakout game tonight - because as I've said before, this team rises and falls with JW. Wiz by 4.