The Atlanta Hawks will go back on the road to Washington D.C. for a matchup with the Washington Wizards. With the Wizards currently devastated by injuries, the Hawks have a golden opportunity to steal a win tonight.
After playing two of the top teams from the West, Houston and Denver, the Atlanta Hawks return to face an easier East opponent in the Washington Wizards. It will be a good test for the battle-hardened Hawks who fought hard in both games but would lose to the Nuggets and Rockets. Now, with the Wizards up next, the Hawks will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Washington Wizards are hobbling. John Wall has been sidelined since last season with an Achilles tear. In Wall’s absence, Bradley Beal has been putting together a very impressive season, but he is likely to miss tonight’s game after missing the Wizards’ previous four games. Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura, and Davis Bertans are all missing in action too for a variety of different issues. In the most recent game the Wizards played, the team had just nine players available for the game.
On the other side of the court, the Atlanta Hawks are the most healthy they have been all season. John Collins, Kevin Huerter, and Trae Young have all missed time due to various injuries. Now, all three players are back and learning how to all play together. As the season progresses, however, both Huerter and Collins continue to look more and more comfortable, especially Huerter. Trae has yet to miss a beat all season, whether he’s returning from injury or playing in a back-to-back.
While the core of the Hawks team is healthy, there is one notable absence from the Hawks lineup. Jabari Parker is dealing with a shoulder issue that saw him have to undergo a non-surgical procedure that will have him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Parker will be evaluated again in a couple of weeks.
The Hawks have had a hard time all season, but with the “Big Three” all back to healthy and playing well, the team has been playing better. The Hawks didn’t win against Denver or Houston, but both games saw the Hawks compete hard and make both games competitive. Tonight, when the Hawks take the floor against a team that is missing their superstar, the team has to be looking for the win. The Hawks will be the better team when the game starts. Let’s see if it plays out that way.