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Preview: Hawks face Wizards in divisional battle

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The second half of Friday evening’s game got away from the Atlanta Hawks, leaving a sour taste in the team’s mouth as they entered the weekend. On Sunday evening, Trae Young and company will have the chance to right the ship with a home game against the Washington Wizards.

At present, the Hawks are considered to be the favorites to secure a victory, marking one of the few times this season in which Atlanta has entered in that position. Part of that stems from Washington’s injury situation, with a number of players projected to be absent, but the Hawks are also arguably the more talented team. From there, the benefit of home-court advantage is a considerable factor, even with the Hawks also projected to be without both Alex Len (hip) and DeAndre’ Bembry (hand) for injury reasons.

Young and Bradley Beal are the headliners, but the game could also be decided by players like John Collins, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter. Washington’s defense is the worst in the NBA, providing hope for Atlanta’s offense in this spot, but it will be interesting to see if the Hawks can slow what has been an above-average Wizards offense this season.

Regardless, Sunday evening’s game should be interesting as a measuring stick for the Hawks and, frankly, it is a contest that Atlanta should view as winnable.

Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 26, 6:00 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass