The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Washington Wizards tonight at home at Philips Arena. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 6-4 on the season and take a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Wizards. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. This is actually not the lineup I would've gone with. I would go with the bigger lineup, and move Devin Harris to the bench while moving Kyle Korver to shooting guard, Josh Smith to small forward, Al Horford to power forward, and Zaza Pachulia to center. I would've done this to exploit the fact that Nene is out for the Wizards, which gives them a big gaping hole in the middle after Emeka Okafor. This brings me to my key to the game. My key to the game would be aggresiveness in the paint. The Hawks guards need to keep attacking the rim since John Wall is out, or dishing it to the bigs inside since Nene is out. If there isn't a shot inside, whether the guards or the bigs have the ball, they need to kick it outside to one of our sharpshooters for the three. If the Wizards have collapsed to play help defense (which they probably will), then there will be an open look from downtown. If they haven't collapsed, it should be pretty easy to get a good shot off inside. Look to see heavy minutes from Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, and John Jenkins, and also maybe an appearance from Johan Petro (he is 7'0"). If the Hawks can outscore them in points in the paint and/or three-pointers made, I think they can get the W tonight against the division-rival Wizards.
Game Time: 7:30pm E.T.
Radio: 680 The Fan