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Game preview: Hawks at Wizards

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Capital One Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—Mike Muscala (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (knee), DeAndre' Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are out; Malcolm Delaney (ankle), Dennis Schroder (ankle), and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are available to play.

Wizards—Sheldon Mac (Achilles) is out.

What to watch for:

The Hawks (2-10) came back from a 19-point deficit to tie the Pistons last night before fading to a loss . Coach Mike Budenholzer said there was “not enough effort, not enough competitiveness” for his team in the first half.

The Wizards (6-5) won at home against the Lakers on Thursday and are looking for consecutive victories for the first time since starting 3-0. They rank sixth in offensive efficiency and eighth in pace but just 19th in defensive efficiency. The Wizards returned all five starters and two of the top bench players from the team that eliminated the Hawks in six games during the first round of last season’s playoffs.

Wizards star point guard John Wall missed shootaround today because of an illness but coach Scott Brooks said he’s available to play.

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Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010.