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Preview: Wizards face must-win game against injured Hornets

The Wizards are on a bit of a slide, faltering defensively, offensively and all over the place. Tonight, they'll try to get it back together against the Hornets, who have rallied without Kemba Walker.

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You know the song "I've seen better days" la la la?

Well, cue that tune for the Washington Wizards as of late.

The Wizards lost their third straight home game on Saturday - their worst losing streak at the Verizon Center since January 2014 - and a two game losing streak overall. They have lost four of their last six and are also 5-5 in their last 10 games.

What's worse is that John Wall isn't at his best, nursing migraines and ankle injuries and having very little rest in the past two weeks or so.

But tonight's game could be a blessing in disguise, as the Charlotte Hornets are missing their star point guard, Kemba Walker. The Hornets are 7-3 in their past 10, however, and playing some great defense during the stretch.

This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.

When and where? 7 p.m. from the Verizon Center. Catch it on CSN Washington.

Who's out? John Wall and Nene are both day to day for the Wizards. As aforementioned, Kemba Walker is out for the Hornets. P.J. Hairston and Marvin Williams are also day to day.

Are they good? Charlotte is fighting hard to stay alive in the dismal Eastern Conference. At 20-27, they are currently seeded eighth should the NBA playoffs begin today. However, they are 4-4 against the Southeast Division - which isn't bad considering Washington is 5-3 against division foes - and 14-12 against the rest of the conference. Statistically, the Hornets are playing quite well - during their 10-3 stretch, they are allowing NBA lows of 89.4 points per game and 39.7 percent shooting.

Big vs. Big? I'm sorry that I'm weirdly excited for the Nene / Cody Zeller matchup. Zeller had 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in the Hornets' win against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. His numbers are usually less than eye-popping, but at 7'0'' and 240 pounds, his matchup with a 6'11'' 250 pound Nene will be pretty fun to watch. Nene has been playing pretty damn well the past 10 games, shooting 55.7 percent from the field.

Who wins? Well, we still don't know if Wall is going to go ahead and play tonight, especially with Walker out, this could be a pretty good game for him to rest. But, we know how much he wants to play (he hasn't missed a game since Jan. 2013) and be there for his team. Regardless, it's someones turn to step up tonight (cough cough, looking at you Marcin Gortat). I'll just go ahead and say... GO WIZ.