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Wizards had Hawks' number during regular season ahead of NBA playoffs matchup

Wizards had Hawks' number during regular season ahead of NBA playoffs matchup

Believe it or not, but the No. 5 seed Atlanta Hawks have a winning record this season against each of the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference: the Celtics, Cavaliers and Raptors. That is not the case against the fourth-seeded team, the Washington Wizards, whom they will face in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Wizards, in fact, have won three straight against Atlanta including a 104-100 victory just a few weeks ago on March 22. Here is a look at those four matchups between the Wizards and Hawks this season...

Oct. 27 in Atlanta
Hawks 114, Wizards 99

The lone Hawks' win against the Wizards was the very first game of the season in Atlanta. That was, of course, a much different time for the Wizards, who were set to begin their season 2-8. John Wall was not in full game shape yet and was limited to just 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting. And Scott Brooks was still trying to learn the strengths and weaknesses of his bench.

That game was a good example of what Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are capable of down low for Atlanta. Millsap had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Howard put up 11 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. The Hawks shot 46.2 percent from three and outrebounded the Wizards 59-48.

The game also featured this play, which surely Wall has not forgotten:

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Nov. 4 in Washington
Wizards 95, Hawks 92

The Wizards got payback just a week later as the Hawks saw a completely different version of Wall and Beal in Washington's first win of the season. Wall had 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Beal dropped 28 points including 13-of-14 from the free throw line. The Wizards were much better at defending the three, holding the Hawks to 20 percent.

Howard still got his with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but it was a different story for Millsap. He had a decent 16 points and seven rebounds, but shot just 5-for-14 from the field. That was in part because Markieff Morris did a very good job of locking him down. Morris vs. Millsap should be a huge matchup in the playoff series.

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Jan. 27 in Atlanta
Wizards 112, Hawks 86

This was the most lopsided of the four games, a 26-point blowout win for the Wizards. All five Wizards starters scored in double-figures, including Wall who had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Otto Porter had a big night with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five threes. The Wizards shot 41.9 percent from three as a team.

This time it was Washington who enjoyed a huge rebounding advantage, 52-41. The Wizards also held the Hawks to 29 percent from three and forced 19 turnovers. Millsap in that game was held to just four points on 1-of-7 shooting.

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March 22 in Washington
Wizards 104, Hawks 100

Playing without Millsap, the Hawks nearly pulled off the upset in the last matchup between these teams at the Verizon Center. That was in large part due to a 29-point performance by Tim Hardaway, Jr. who has enjoyed a breakout season. Hardaway shot 9-of-16 from the field and hit three threes. Howard had 15 points and 14 rebounds, while point guard Dennis Schroder added 18 points and six assists.

The Wizards again outrebounded the Hawks, this time 54-44, despite Howard's presence. Ian Mahinmi had 10 boards off the bench, Beal had nine, Porter had eight and Morris seven. It will be interesting to see if the Wizards can beat the Hawks on the glass in this series with Howard and Millsap down low.

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Here is a quick glance at how the two teams have matched up this season head-to-head:

[RELATED: Ian Mahinmi to miss games for Wizards vs. Hawks in 2017 NBA Playoffs]

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!

9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.

25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.

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