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Opportunity knocks

If the Wizards are ever going to get that elusive win, it should be tonight. The Hawks are bad enough to begin with but will be playing with Joe Johnson, Josh Childress, Speedy Claxton, Salim Stoudamire, Josh Smith and (drum roll please) that noted Wiz killer Zaza Pachulia, who scored a career-high 27 points the last time the Wiz were down here for an ugly loss on March 7. I'm not saying that the Hawks are trying to dump games but consider this: if the Hawks don't finish 1, 2 or 3 in the draft lottery, the pick will to the Phoenix as a part of the Joe Johnson trade. Oops.

The Nets looked really bad in that loss at Cleveland last night so a win would set the Wiz up nicely for holding onto the sixth seed and the first round matchup with Toronto that would come along with it.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 13, 2007; 5:57 PM ET
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