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Wizards at Hornets Pregame: Just. Win. Please.

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Washington (31-19) at Charlotte (21-27)

February 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
The Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM


Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]HORNETS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]31-19[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]21-27[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]99.8[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]94.8[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.2[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]96.9[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost 4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won 2[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost to Hawks 96-105[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won at Wizards 92-88[/ezcol_1third_end]


Last time they met was..

February 2, 2015 @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Hornets 92, Wizards 88
Game Notebook 49


From the Crystal Ball

What to Watch:

Charlotte again?!? Dammit! Keep your eyes on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in this game. Check this out:

  • Games played on Mondays: 7.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg.
  • Games played on Wednesdays: 10.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.

Are those stats completely arbitrary and based on meaningless sample sizes? Absolutely! Did I force the use of those stats just to try to find a reason to make the Hornets more interesting? Of course! Will you have to force yourself to make it through portions of this game, even though you are a die-hard Wizards fan? Well, at the start of the week I said, “yes.” But now? The Wizards are on a four game losing streak. The Hornets have won 11 of their last 14, including that painful win Monday against the Wizards. This game, like Monday’s game, will be ugly to watch. But now it’s also masochisticly must-watch.

Key matchup:

Wizards vs. the doldrums. We hoped the Wizards would come into this game having beaten this team 4 nights ago. They lost. And just as winning breeds more winning, losing can breed more losing. Especially on the road. Sometimes, the noise of an enemy arena can act as a galvanizing force, but this arena doesn’t exactly Buzz (despite what the mascot suggests). The Wizards must be careful of coming out flat in this game, or things could get even uglier than Monday night.

X-factor:

Fatigue. The Wizards will also be in the second night of a back-to-back. After a hard fought but ultimately losing effort against the Hawks. The Wizards are going to be tired coming into this game, and they should be. However, that’s not an acceptable excuse. Let’s hope it doesn’t become one.

Fun factor:

The Hornet’s bee-hive pattern court. This is actually pretty cool.

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Prediction:

Remember that John Wall missed lay-up from Monday night? I guarantee you, he does. I expect another ugly, frustrating game by the Wizards, but they manage to pull out a win down the stretch, because John Wall refuses to let them lose.

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