Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards Preview, Game Notes, & Prediction

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview

The Good Guys’ Lineup:

The Bad Guys’ Lineup:

Who?: Atlanta Hawks (44 – 35) @ Washington Wizards (21 – 58)

When?: April 9th, 2011; 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Where?: Verizon Center (Washington, DC)

How?: SportSouth HD(TV), & 99X FM(97.9 radio)

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Injuries:
Washington: Trevor Booker (foot), Josh Howard (knee), Rashard Lewis (knee), Hamady Ndiaye (patella tendon), and Nick Young (knee) are all out.
Atlanta: Josh Smith & Jason Collins are at least out for one more  game.

Wizards vs. Hawks Season Series:

The Hawks will face the Wizards for the fourth and final time this season. The Hawks are 30 against Washington so far this season and are looking to sweep the season series for the third striaight season. Overall, the Hawks have won 12 games in a row against the Wizards. The last time the Wizards won was in January of 2008 in an overtime win.
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What (or who) to watch out for:

  • Jordan Crawford vs. Joe Johnson & Jamal Crawford. This is really the one to look out for. If Jordan Crawford has a great game and completely outplays Joe and Jamal, prepare for the entire Hawks fanbase to go crazy and talk about this Hawks team as if they are a lottery team.
  • Hinrich guarding John Wall. Hinrich has slowed down Derrick Rose, a former teammate, in a couple of games this season. Can Hinrich slow down another former teammate of his?
  • Pape Sy. Pape Sy made his NBA debut yesterday, playing 3 solid minutes. Will he receive more minutes this time around? How will he look?
  • Jeff Teague. He had a great game yesterday. Can he follow it up with another good one against John Wall and the Wizards?
  • Effort. The Hawks treated last night’s game vs. the Pacers like an exhibition game. Will they do the same again?

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Prediction: I think both Joe Johnson and Jordan Crawford will have good games, but Joe will get the last laugh by winning the game. Hawks win by at least 12 points.

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