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Wizards vs. Hawks preview: Washington aims to take care of business with Atlanta in town

NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 69 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and an 81 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Day-to-Day, Knee). The Wizards held Wall the last time the team played a back-to-back, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they did it again, especially considering the Hawks’ injury report.

Hawks: Antonius Cleveland (Questionable, Ankle), Dewayne Dedmon (Questionable, Rib), Taurean Prince (Questionable, Back), Jaylen Morris (Out, Ankle), Malcolm Delaney (Out, Ankle), DeAndre’ Bembry (Out, Abdominal), Kent Bazemore (Out, Knee), Dennis Schroeder (Out, Ankle)

What to Watch for

Can the Wizards get the job done and not get hurt in the process?

Sure, the Wizards are on the second night of a back-to-back and the Wizards might hold John Wall out as a precaution, but there’s no excuse for losing this game. The Hawks are 4-16 since the All-Star break and only one of their wins have come on the road, where they’ve been outscored by an average of 12.5 points per game. If Washington can set the tone early and take the Hawks out of the game, they should be able to pick up an easy win.

As any Wizards fan knows, that’s been easier said than done this season. Washington has lost a game to the four teams with the worst records in the NBA this season, including a 113-99 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta back in December. A loss here would make it extremely difficult for the Wizards to avoid entering the playoffs at the eighth seed.

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