UPDATE: Pero Antic will reportedly miss tonight’s game with back spasms. Gustavo Ayon will get the start.
Date: January 12, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 6:00 PM ET
TV Channel: SportSouth (Local in Atlanta), NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Atlanta Hawks Radio Network Affiliates
Live Stream: League Pass Broadband
It has been a whirlwind end to the week for the Atlanta Hawks, as they picked up two huge home wins against the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. Still, the work is just beginning for the hometown team, as they hit the road for more than week beginning on Sunday night in Memphis against the Grizzlies.
Memphis enters the game with a sub-.500 record at 16-19, but they aren’t your traditional sub-.500 team. The Grizzlies have played without their best player, Marc Gasol, for several weeks, but they are still quite dangerous with guys like Zach Randolph and Mike Conley on the floor. However, the big change this season for the Grizz has been on the defensive end, as they are suddenly a below-average team on that end thanks to the Gasol injury and some personnel woes.
On the Hawks side, they should have the full compliment of players available aside from John Jenkins, who has been ruled out with back issues, and we could see the debut of the newest (10-day) addition to the team in James Nunnally. The team defense has been electric for the past two games, but the match-ups are interesting in this game, as Paul Millsap faces off with Randolph and Jeff Teague looks to slow down Conley.
The Kyle Korver traveling road show continues here, as well, as he looks for his 107th straight game with a 3-pointer. Memphis is middle-of-the-pack in terms of 3-point percentage allowed at 36.1%, but Kyle has it going again at this point after a huge game against the Rockets, where he scored 20 points.
The Grizzlies have been installed as a 4.5-point favorite in the game, and it’s tough to argue. They are historically a much better team in their own building (as most NBA teams are), and the Hawks have scuffled on the road, especially without Al Horford in the lineup. Still, the talent disparity is minimal at best, and this should be a hotly-contested ball game.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the night (follow us on Twitter at @ATLBeatBlog), and a full recap to follow.