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Back at State Farm Arena.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Hawks will be without Tyler Dorsey (personal reasons) for Tuesday night’s game.


After a three-game road trip that wasn’t exactly kind, the Atlanta Hawks return home on Tuesday night to square off against the Washington Wizards. Though Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets was embarrassing on one end of the floor, there were positives to take away for Atlanta on the offensive side and, if nothing else, it will be nice for the Hawks to operate in the friendly confines of home.

From a match-up perspective, this is an interesting test for the Hawks, who enter this contest as five-point home underdogs. Washington picked up a quality win over the Lakers in their last contest but, prior to that, the Wizards scuffled mightily and even pulled the trigger on a recent trade to land Trevor Ariza at the expense of Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers.

Provided Ariza will be in uniform, it would be the first time that the Wizards would be able to deploy the veteran forward, adding a layer of intrigue on their side before this contest. For Atlanta, though, the task will be slowing down Washington’s backcourt, as Bradley Beal dominated the proceedings in the last match-up between these same two teams.

The injury report is noteworthy on both sides, as Otto Porter is officially listed as questionable for Washington but he is reportedly unlikely to play. For the Hawks, Taurean Prince, Omari Spellman and Miles Plumlee remain sidelined here and it will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out, particularly with regard to the fourth wing battle between Tyler Dorsey, Justin Anderson and Daniel Hamilton.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)