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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




WASHINGTON (0 - 9) at ATLANTA (5 - 4)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2012 7:35 PM
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WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games0-9-94-53-686.942.739.6%49.794.649.344.4%55.8
Road Games0-5-53-22-388.042.839.6%50.096.450.243.9%57.8
Last 5 Games0-5-52-32-385.442.838.7%50.093.450.443.6%56.6
Division Games0-1-10-10-
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)86.942.733-8439.6%7-2430.4%13-1873.6%501221229156
vs opponents surrendering96.948.636-8343.9%6-1934.4%18-2475.9%521122208146
Team Stats (Road Games)88.042.834-8639.6%9-2932.2%11-1570.1%501224237157
Stats Against (All Games)94.649.335-7944.4%5-1531.4%20-2676.4%561220187166
vs opponents averaging95.947.536-8244.0%6-1834.0%18-2375.8%521121208156
Stats Against (Road Games)96.450.235-7943.9%5-1532.9%22-2975.9%581320177155

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-4+2.33-62-692.947.344.9%
Home Games2-2-1.10-41-390.245.542.7%49.590.545.542.3%55.0
Last 5 Games3-2+1.22-31-490.447.644.4%47.487.246.642.4%52.6
Division Games1-100-20-285.043.540.0%50.583.539.543.0%54.0
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)92.947.336-8144.9%7-2233.5%13-1870.2%47921189154
vs opponents surrendering97.148.536-8343.9%7-2034.5%18-2475.1%511121208145
Team Stats (Home Games)90.245.536-8542.7%7-2329.8%10-1470.7%491021199144
Stats Against (All Games)91.247.735-8143.3%6-2131.2%15-1882.8%521221209184
vs opponents averaging9748.336-8144.7%7-2035.4%17-2376.3%511121218155
Stats Against (Home Games)90.545.535-8342.3%6-2228.4%14-1780.9%551320188174
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 94.2,  ATLANTA 96.8
WASHINGTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2012@ CLEVELAND84-94L6L191.5U32-9035.6%491236-7945.6%6720
11/7/2012@ BOSTON94-100L9.5W186.5O39-9541.1%501934-8142.0%6016
11/10/2012@ INDIANA85-89L8W186U35-7944.3%451234-8042.5%5712
11/13/2012@ CHARLOTTE76-92L2L191U25-8429.8%641731-7839.7%5812
11/14/2012@ DALLAS101-107L8.5W192O39-8148.1%421639-7850.0%4713
11/21/2012@ ATLANTA              
11/26/2012SAN ANTONIO              
11/30/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/7/2012@ ATLANTA              

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY104-95W9W199P41-8349.4%441033-7146.5%4420
11/11/2012@ LA CLIPPERS76-89L6.5L195.5U30-7241.7%502238-8246.3%4513
11/12/2012@ PORTLAND95-87W2.5W193.5U35-7944.3%491630-8336.1%5720
11/14/2012@ GOLDEN STATE88-92L1L192.5U34-7843.6%351233-7146.5%5623
11/16/2012@ SACRAMENTO112-96W-2W188.5O42-7655.3%471539-8545.9%4414
11/23/2012@ CHARLOTTE              
11/24/2012LA CLIPPERS              
WASHINGTON: GUARDS: JOHN WALL hasn't developed much diversity in his offensive game, but he's still really fast and an effective distributor. The improved supporting cast should help him reach the next level, assuming he feels no ill effects from the stress injury in his left knee that will keep him out until late November . . . BRADLEY BEAL is a great shooter, but he can also score off the dribble. Throw in his rebounding ability from the backcourt, and he should contribute in a number of ways as a rookie . . . JORDAN CRAWFORD is a pure scorer, but not an efficient one. He won't be able to hold off Beal for long, if at all . . . A.J. PRICE steps in as Wall's top backup. He'll play limited minutes with the second unit . . . SHELVIN MACK will be battling for a roster spot, most likely with underachieving swingman MARTELL WEBSTER. FORWARDS: TREVOR ARIZA should have no trouble stepping into the starting lineup. He'll at least have a chance to re-find his three-point shot getting drive-and-dish feeds from Wall . . . Nene^ will slide to the four with Emeka Okafor coming in. That means athletic, but raw, JAN VESELY will have to play with the second unit. He can really run the floor, but doesn't help much in the half-court game . . . TREVOR BOOKER is a very good screener on offense who holds his own defensively and on the boards. He still has a chance for a handful of starts if Nene^ or Okafor get hurt . . . CHRIS SINGLETON started a lot of games last year, but the defensive specialist will likely spend this season learning behind Ariza . . . CARTIER MARTIN never saw a shot he didn't like. CENTERS: NENE^ had some trouble with plantar fasciitis last year and playing in the Olympics didn't help. If healthy, he has a chance to be Washington's leading scorer . . . EMEKA OKAFOR will start alongside Nene^. He's the fifth-best option on offense, but holds his own defensively . . . KEVIN SERAPHIN has proven he can hold down a starting job. He'll come off the bench but should still have a significant role.
ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."
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*Wizards-Hawks Preview* =======================


Washington (0-9) at Atlanta (5-4), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Coach Randy Wittman remains optimistic while trying to find the answers to help the Washington Wizards end the worst start in franchise history.

A visit to Atlanta might not provide the solution Washington needs to finally win a game.

The Wizards can avoid a 10th straight loss to open the season if they snap an eight-game road skid to the Hawks on Wednesday night.

While Washington (0-9) is the league's only winless team and halfway to matching the 2009-10 Nets' NBA-record 0-18 start, Wittman is trying to remain confident one year after the squad started 0-8.

"I believe these guys can win," said Wittman, whose team's average margin of defeat is 7.7 points. "I don't have any doubts. ... I come in here every day, thinking this is the night.

"This group should be winning games. We've got to get them to believe that themselves. That's my job."

Wittman continues to rack his brain on how to improve a team which ranks last in the NBA in scoring (86.9 points per game) and shooting (39.9 percent) without injured starters John Wall and Nene. It's uncertain when those two will make their season debuts, leaving Wittman even more baffled when it comes to deciding on his starting lineup and rotation.

Those choices could get harder Wednesday if forward Trevor Booker is out after suffering a knee injury in Monday's 96-89 home loss to Indiana. Rookie reserve Bradley Beal had 18 points, but Washington's starters shot 8 for 37 (22.0 percent) and combined for 31 points - one fewer than Indiana's David West scored.

"I don't know who to start, who to play, who not to play," Wittman said. "I'll toss another group out there and we'll see if we can't find a group that starts off well. I'm going to keep trying.

"I'm just searching right now, searching for people to give me consistency."

A loss Wednesday would make Washington the 13th team in NBA history to start 0-10. Based on the Wizards' recent history in Atlanta, there's a good chance they'll join that group.

Losers in 15 of 16 overall to the Hawks, the Wizards have averaged 88.8 points while dropping eight in a row at Atlanta by an average margin of 13.0. Washington's last victory there came Jan. 11, 2008.

The Hawks (5-4) will try for a season-high third straight victory after they mustered enough energy for an 81-72 win over Orlando on Monday in their return home from splitting a four-game trip. Al Horford had 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 as Atlanta prevailed despite shooting a season-low 38.2 percent.

"We just had to get our energy flowing," forward Josh Smith said. "It took longer than expected, but a win's a win."

Smith averaged 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in the previous three games but was one of the many Hawks who struggled to find his legs, finishing with season lows of six points and two boards. He's averaged 21.4 and 11.2, respectively, in his last five games versus Washington.

Jordan Crawford, who tops the Wizards with 12.2 points per game, scored 20 in a 95-92 home loss to the Hawks on March 24 in the teams' most recent meeting. That came after he totaled seven points on 2-of-15 shooting in two trips to Atlanta last season.

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