Hawks-Wizards preview

4-6  Atlanta  (22-57)  at  Washington  (42-37)

TV:  7pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Atlanta:  115-86 loss vs. Miami

  • Taurean Prince-20 points, 4 assists
  • Damion Lee-15 points, 4 rebounds
  • Tyler Dorsey-15 points, 5 rebounds

Last game for Washington:  119-115 loss at Cleveland

  • John Wall-28 points, 14 assists, 4 rebounds
  • Bradley Beal-19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists
  • Otto Porter Jr.-18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists

Projected Hawks starters-Collins PF, Prince SF, Dedmon C, Taylor PG, Lee SG

Projected Wizards starters-Morris PF, Porter Jr. SF, Gortat C, Satoransky SG, Beal SG

Atlanta preview-The worst team in the Eastern Conference, come into Capital One Arena having lost 7 of its last 8 games. The lone bright spot for the Hawks is Dennis Schroder, who leads the team in scoring (19.4 ppg), however he is out for the season. Schroder has been diagnosed with a grade 2 ankle sprain, and Hawks management have done the wise move of shutting him down. Schroder is now the latest casualty for Atlanta, in regards to injuries. Jaylen Morris is out with an ankle injury, Malcolm Delaney will not play due to an ankle injury, DeAndre Bembry will be a game time decision due to an abdominal injury, Antonius Cleveland a game time decision due to an ankle injury, Dewayne Dedmon is a game time decision due to a sore rib and Taurean Prince is questionable with back soreness. Yes, it has been a long season for the woeful Hawks.

Washington preview-The Wizards are the 7th seed, currently they have the tiebreaker over the Milwaukee Bucks, but now losers on three straight after blowing a 17-point lead in the final 7:35 to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. Head coach Scott Brooks said after the game that Wall will not play tonight against Atlanta. Washington has won 2 of the 3 meetings this year against Atlanta, and with the Hawks riddled by injuries, it would seem, although not a guarantee, that Washington could and should win this game. After tonight, Washington will not play until Tuesday when they host the Boston Celtics, in the first of a back-to-back to end the regular season.

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