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Preview: Hawks host struggling Wizards to complete back-to-back

A potentially fun Saturday night contest.

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: John Wall is OUT for Saturday’s game with a knee issue. As a result, the Wizards are now only 3.5-point favorites. Stay tuned.

The Washington Wizards entered the season with high expectations and, frankly, they haven’t met them. John Wall, Bradley Beal and company don’t appear to be in danger of missing the Eastern Conference Playoffs but, after four losses in five games, Washington sits with a disappointing 26-22 record as they arrive at Philips Arena to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday evening.

Of course, the Wizards still enter this contest as significant favorites (5.5 points) to claim a road victory and that comes with the territory given their talent advantage. Still, the Hawks have played well at home in recent days and the two teams have split a pair of double-digit results in the early going of the season.

The match-up to watch, as always, comes in the backcourt, where the Wizards are led by Wall and Beal. Kent Bazemore was phenomenal on Friday in Charlotte and, while Dennis Schröder was not necessarily great, he seems to cherish match-ups with Wall and provided improved effort as a result.

If the backcourt can prove to be anything close to a wash in this spot, Atlanta has a real chance to hold serve at home, as the Wizards are not overly loaded with talent elsewhere. It will be interesting to see how the Hawks respond, though, to a back-to-back with travel and that is always a big-time factor in a spot like this.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)