Wizards look to get off the mat, Atlanta stands in the way

The Washington Wizards are in the midst of a horrible three game skid, none of the three losses were acceptable. The last possibly being the worst of the three.

After a loss in Phoenix, the Wizards came home to lose against the Raptors and the Hornets. They got down early in the game against Toronto, then showed an incredible resolve to fight back from an 18 points fourth quarter deficit to take the game to overtime. Only to fall to first time All-Star Kyle Lowry who took over the extra period. Then, they lost to the Charlotte Hornets. There is no excuse for that as the Hornets, while they’ve been hot of late, are without their best player in point guard Kemba Walker.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tonight, the Wizards visit one of the hottest teams in the league and the best team in the Eastern Conference at the moment. The Atlanta Hawks made NBA history with their insane January in which they didn’t lose a single game, that 19 game win streak just ended as Anthony Davis and the Pelicans finally knocked the Hawks off track. The Wizards should be seeing a very motivated team down in Atlanta, that team hasn’t lost much and surely they aren’t interested in making it a habit. We’ll also get to see another fun matchup between Jeff Teauge and John Wall.

What must Washington do if they wish to end their losing streak and start one for the Hawks?

Five Keys

  • The last time these two teams played, Washington turned the ball over 18 times. Atlanta made them pay for every miscue on their way to 31 points off of turnovers.
  • Defending the three point line will be key, Atlanta does a great job of spacing the floor and moving the ball. Usually resulting in wide open shots. The Hawks went 16 of 31 from beyond the arc.
  • Speaking of three point shooting, the Wizards can’t afford to lose track of Kyle Korver. The man is shooting a blistering 54% from three.
  • The bigs must come ready to play, Atlanta’s bigs put stress on defenses with their ability to shoot midrange and three point jump shots. Al Horford and Paul Milsap do a great job spacing the floor, they are also able to score in the post, very tough covers. Nene, Gortat, Humphries, etc should be ready to move.
  • Give John Wall some help, the All-Star guard carries a heavy burden for this team. Not only the other four starters, but Washington needs consistent contributions from the supporting cast. Wall just can’t do it all alone.

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