The Washington Wizards will face the Atlanta Hawks for the third time this season Friday night.
When: Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Ish Smith (Day-today-, Hamstring), Thomas Bryant (Day-today) John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Hawks: DeAndre Bembry (Out, Abdomen), Skai Labissiere (Out, Knee), Clint Capela (Out, Hello), Dewayne Dedmon (Out, Elbow), Cam Reddish (Day-today, Back)
Washington has split games with the Hawks
The Wizards are 1-1 against Atlanta this season. In their first matchup, the Washington hosted the Hawks and won 111-101. In that game, Bradley Beal did not play but Jordan McRae, who recently was picked up by the Pistons, put up 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Troy Brown Jr. followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s win.
The teams matched up again, a few weeks later, in Atlanta where the Wizards lost 152 to 133 with Bradley Beal. Beal scored 40 points in the team’s loss. Trae Young (45 points) and De’Andre Hunter combined for 70 points. The Hawks had 6 players in double figures.
This time around, the Wizards need to find a way to contain Young and of course play defense which has been emphasized throughout the entire season.
After Friday’s game, the Wizards will play the Hawks again on March 20.
Trae Young is putting up numbers against the Wizards
This season Young is averaging 29.6 points, 9.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game but his play against Washington this season is even better. Against the Wizards, the point guard averaging 32 points and 10.5 assists per game. His field percentage increases from 43.9 to 45.5 against the Wizards.