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Hornets Vs. Wizards: Chris Paul Visits Washington As Wizards Look To Start Off 2011 Right

The headline tonight is that New Orleans Hornets star point guard Chris Paul will be matched up against rookie John Wall for the first time. The 2006 Rookie of the Year is averaging 16.7 points and 9.8 assists per game this season, and he's been among the leaders for the Hornets in their 19-14 start to the year.

The Washington Wizards are coming off two straight games against the Indiana Pacers. As could have expected, the Wizards won at home and lost last night on the road. With a loss tonight, the Wizards would fall back into the cellar of the Eastern Conference. They are currently a half game ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a record of 8-23.

Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard will both be out for the Wizards tonight.

SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever warns that as exciting as the Wall vs. Paul matchup could be, focusing on that strategy might not be in the Wizards' best interest.

So we can expect a lot of John Wall tonight. In his pregame address, Saunders stressed that Wall needed to concentrate on staying out of foul trouble and not engaging in a one on one duel with Chris Paul. Obviously, this is easier said than done. With both Hinrich and Howard out for tonight's contest, expect Saunders to go early and often to the end of his bench.