Hawks fans will be getting a little worried that their great start to the season could be hit with a major blow unless they can turn things round this weekend culminating in a trip to Washington this Saturday November 30.
Atlanta have been on the receiving end of three back-to-back defeats for the first time this season following a disappointing 113-84 loss to Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Tainted by a struggling offense in the last two games, failing to break 100 points in five attempts, the Hawks also faced a gruelling week before they head to the Verizon Center to take on a Wizards side who seem to have found a bit of form.
First up for Atlanta was the Rockets, who have no problems with their offense. At 11-5 this season they were always unlikely to pick up anything from Houston, especially coming in off a tough night previously and it won’t get any easier building up to the Wizards game hosting the Mavericks before the all-Southeast matchup.
The Wizards also have a tough rest of the week ahead before taking on Atlanta. Beating the Bucks on Wednesday evening and taking their win streak to three they will take plenty of confidence into what will perhaps be their toughest game of the season at the Pacers on Friday evening.
The sides have yet to face each other so far this season and it’s expected the Atlanta defence will prove too strong for the Wizards conceding under 98.9 points per game on average. Despite this the Wizards will be buoyed by recent outings, especially the points of 23-year-old Point Guard John Wall.
Leading the team to a 116-111 win over the Lakers on Tuesday night, a 360 dunk summed up the North Carolinian’s month. He’s posted scored of plus-30 for the third game in a row whilst Brazilian Nene also posted a career-30 for the Wizards earlier in the week.
It appears to be coming together after a slow start to the Wizards season but whether they will be to take that into a matchup with the Hawks, it’s yet to be seen. They have struggled against the top sides during the early stages of this season, tasting defeat at the Raptors just a week ago whilst also being comprehensively beaten by the Spurs and Heat.
And that’s where Atlanta will find solace. In what will be an important weekend for the Hawks to get back on track, decent performances from Jeff Teague and Al Horford could prove too much for Washington, and it’s expected it probably will, especially after what will be an exhausting evening in Indiana on Friday.