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Preview: Hornets try to start road trip off on the right foot against the Wizards

The Hornets hit the road for the last major road trip of their season.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

What: Charlotte Hornets (23-22) at Washington Wizards (17-28)

When: 7:00 pm EDT

Where: Capital One Arena; Washington DC

How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast (for the last time), NBA League Pass

The Hornets are set to begin their last big road trip of the season. Tonight’s game marks the first of six straight on the road. After that, the Hornets will have 21 games remaining. 14 of those are at home.

Keeping their head above water during this road trip will go a long way towards solidifying their place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A win over the Wizards would be a good place to start.

The Wizards are struggling once again. They went on a nice little run in the middle of February where they won five straight and seven out of eight games starting a week after they were shellacked by the Hornets. Those good times have since dried up, as the team sports a 4-9 record since that little win streak.

However, two of those wins came in the Wizards two most recent games. They comfortably defeated the Detroit Pistons (super impressive) before conquering the Indiana Pacers last night. In that game, Russell Westbrook put up a historic stat line—35 points, 21 assists, and 14 rebounds. It was a dominant performance that led to a commanding eight point win.

Bradley Beal missed last night’s game with a hip contusion and is currently listed as day to day. As of this writing, there’s no word on whether or not he’ll suit up tonight.

The Hornets are dealing with their own injury issues in the back court. LaMelo Ball is obviously still out with a broken bone in his wrist. But Malik Monk, who missed the game against the Suns on Sunday with foot soreness, is listed as probable for tonight.

The Hornets are a better team than the Wizards, so this is a great opportunity to bounce back after a tough loss and build some momentum heading into a nationally televised road game against the Brooklyn Nets.