The Washington Wizards would like to earn a win against another quality divisional opponent after winning just three of their first 21 games.
There's not much to say about Washington's current three-game losing streak that hadn't been said about the team's 3-15 record in their previous games. They're lost offensively without John Wall, although slight improvement did come with the return of Nene. Cartier Martin has been lighting it up from beyond the arc, hitting five and four threes in losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, respectively.
Things could get really ugly for the Wizards trying to score the ball; they have the worst offensive efficiency in the league, and the Hawks are a top-five squad defensively, only allowing 98.5 points per 100 possessions. That said, there is some hope in the matchup: one of the earlier meetings between these teams was an overtime loss featuring Kyle Korver nailing a three with 1.9 seconds left in the extra period, followed by a Martell Webster follow coming just a tenth of a second too late to count. That said, Josh Smith and Al Horford have this team at 14-7, so that near-scare was seemingly a fluke rather than an expected outcome for the Hawks against their Southeast Division opponent.
Here's the info on Tuesday night's game:
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Atlanta Hawks (14-7) vs. Washington Wizards (3-18)
7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet-Mid Atlantic
For more on Tuesday night's game, check out the "Fast Break" video preview with Wizards radio voices Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor.