Wizards-Hawks preview

12-27   Wizards  (19-15)   at   Hawks  (8-25)

TV:  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Washington:  111-103 win at Boston

  • Bradley Beal-25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
  • John Wall-21 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds
  • Otto Porter Jr.-20 points, 6 rebounds

Last game for Atlanta:  112-107 win vs Dallas

  • Dennis Schroder-33 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds
  • Ersan Ilyasova-21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Kent Bazemore-11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

Washington projected starters-Morris PF, Porter Jr., SF, Gortat C, Wall PG, Beal SG.

Atlanta projected starters-Ilyasova PF, Prince SF, Plumlee C, Schroder-PG, Bazemore SG.

Wizards preview-Washington, who went on a 21-8 run late in the 4th quarter to beat the Celtics, will be going for there third straight victory. The Wizards defeated Atlanta, 113-94, back on November 11, in which Bradley Beal led the team with 19 points, and the team shot 53% from the field, and nearly 30% from 3-point range despite the face they committed 23 turnovers in the game. During the month of December, the Wizards ppg is at 102.8, which is down from 106.1 in November. The downslide in offense in December can be contributed to poor shooting from the field (39.5%), from 3-point range (34.3) and from FT line (72.1). Beal (23 ppg in Dec.), Wall (15 ppg in Dec.) and Porter (12 ppg in Dec.) have contributed, but the rest of the team needs to contribute, if Washington wants to make a run to be one of top teams in the Eastern Conference.


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