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Wizards vs. Nets preview: Washington could reeeeeeally use a win

After dropping five in a row, the Wizards look to end the skid tonight at home against the reeling Nets.

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The Wizards have dropped five straight. As the losses have piled up, there's been plenty of blame to go around. Perhaps it's a matter of simple regression to the mean after a hot start, maybe Wall and Beal need to step up, maybe Rasual Butler needs to catch fire again or maybe there's just no answer.

But tonight, the Wizards have a fresh opportunity put the speculation to rest and get back on track before the All Star break. They're back at home after playing six of the last eight at home and they're facing a squad that's seven games under .500 and on the second night of a back-to-back.

When and where? Tonight's game is at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. You can catch it on CSN Washington or join the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.

Who's out? Bradley Beal and Kevin Seraphin are both questionable tonight for the Wizards after missing action in Thursday's game in Charlotte. The Nets will be without Mirza Teletovic, who is out for the season.

Are they good? Not really. After making a nice run to the second round last season, things have fallen apart in Brooklyn this season. There's rumors the Mikhail Prokhorov could sell the team, whipsers Lionel Hollins might be pushing the players away with his style, and trade or buyout rumors surrounding every player of value the Nets have left.

Despite all this, Nets are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment. More concerning, they've given the Wizards a good run in each of their previous meetings this season. First, they ran the Wizards off the floor at home in one of Washington's most humiliating losses of the year. The very next night, they squeaked out a tough win in Brooklyn.

How many Wizard Killers can the Nets roll out at once? Jarrett Jack is notorious for giving the Wizards a hard time, his career averages in points, assists and rebounds per game are all higher against the Wizards than his career averages on the whole. And while Joe Johnson is probably a little too talented to be a true Wizards Killer, he tends to give the Wizards fits.

And while Alan Anderson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Cory Jefferson don't have a history of burning the Wizards, they all seem to fit the classic Wizard Killer profile, so keep an eye on them tonight.

Who's going to win? Really hope it's the Wizards, otherwise it could get pretty dismaLLLLLL around here.