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Washington Wizards Vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview: New-Look Wizards Hope To Start Fresh In Atlanta

Can the new-look Wizards gain a victory in Atlanta on Friday night?

Mar 15, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes up for a basket beside New Orleans Hornets guard Trevor Ariza (1) during the second quarter at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 15, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes up for a basket beside New Orleans Hornets guard Trevor Ariza (1) during the second quarter at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

With both Nick Young and JaVale McGee now no longer on the Wizards roster, Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks represents a new start for the struggling Wizards. Washington did wind up with Nene on the team but it is unclear if he will play against the Hawks. Brian Cooke was also acquired and the Wizards are now hoping that those two can provide a little bit of leadership with John Wall to play better down the stretch.

The Wizards won Thursday evening against the New Orleans Hornets 99-89. Wall scored 26 points and had 12 assists on 11-of-18 shooting. If the Wizards are going to win in Atlanta they will have to break a seven game losing streak to the Hawks at Philips Arena.

The only other time these two teams have met this season has been Dec. 28 where the Hawks won big 101-83. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 18 points, one of six Atlanta players to score in double figures.