The Atlanta Hawks haven't lost to the Washington Wizards at home since the 2008 season. They will try to bounce back from a loss in the previous meeting when the two teams square off Friday night at Philips Arena.
Atlanta has lost six of ten overall but have played better of late despite Tuesday's 101-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Hawks are 11-11 on the season and suffered a 108-101 loss to the Wizards earlier this season. John Wall was superb in that earlier meeting finishing with 26 points and 12 assists while Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 23 points and 10 rebounds. However, the biggest blow for Atlanta in that loss came from the perimeter where Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster combined to make 10-15 three-point attempts.
Slowing down Wall will be key once again as his penetration set up Washington's shooters in the first meeting. Wall is off to a career-best start and is averaging 19.6 points and 9.1 assists on the season. It will be just another day at the office for Jeff Teague who has matched up against some of the league's best point guards of late.
Injuries could play a big factor in this one as well as Washington comes in beat up and on a two-game losing streak. The Wizards will be without Al Harrington and Bradley Beal and could be without Webster and Nene who are both listed as questionable. Webster hit five threes and finished with 19 points in the previous meeting while Nene logged a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Atlanta will be without back up center Gustavo Ayon who is recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered last week in a win over the Cavaliers.
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Philips Arena.
Game date/time: Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 92.9 FM "The Game"
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