John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Dennis Schroder, Taurean Waller-Prince, Kent Bazemore and the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT ATLANTA HAWKS
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Are they turning a corner?
The Wizards have battled inconsistency all season, but since John Wall returned on Dec. 13 things are looking up. The Wizards are 5-2 since he came back, tying their best seven-game stretch of the season so far. With Wall this season, they are 14-9, good for a 50-win pace.
Things haven't been all smooth even with Wall, but the Wizards are coming off their best win of the season at the Boston Celtics. Several guys are starting to hit their stride like Otto Porter, who has 37 points in his last two games while shooting 65 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from three. Markieff Morris, who hasn't been himself for much of the year, has shot 52.4 on field goals and 46.2 percent on threes in his last 12 games.
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Testing the trend
The Hawks have the worst record in basketball, yet they present a test for the Wizards. After beating one of the best teams in the Celtics, can the Wizards now take care of business against a lesser foe? These games have been by no means a guarantee for the Wizards so far this season.
The Wizards are just 9-9 against sub-.500 teams. Their nine such losses are tied for the most in the NBA. Bad teams have continued to sneak up on them, but they did destroy the Magic over the weekend. A thorough win over the Hawks would help them change that narrative. A loss to the Hawks right after a win vs. the Celtics would put them right back to square one.
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Hawks are truly terrible
There are many reasons why the Hawks have the worst record in the NBA at 8-25. They are dead-last in defensive rating, 28th in rebounding and 29th in three-pointers allowed. They are awful on defense and not much better at scoring the ball.
Losing Paul Millsap, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Dwight Howard over the offseason completely changed the Hawks' outlook. Now it's all up to Dennis Schroder (19.8 ppg, 6.7 apg) and a large group of decent players, but no obvious No. 2 option. The Wizards should be in good shape for a win.
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