UPDATE: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade has been ruled OUT for Monday’s game. Ray Allen will start in his place.
Date: January 20, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 5:30 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
Every year, the Atlanta Hawks take part in a home game on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and this year, there is a special emphasis, as the defending NBA champion Miami Heat are in town. It has been an incredibly interesting, yet weird, time for the Hawks with only one game (the lopsided loss to Brooklyn in London) over the past 10 days, but things return to normalcy here.
Obviously, the Heat present a difficult challenge, and things begin and end with Lebron James. Atlanta will have the benefit of having DeMarre Carroll back in the lineup to face-off with LBJ for the majority of the evening, but Miami is currently boasting the league’s 2nd-most efficient offense at nearly 110 points per 100 possessions. In addition to LBJ, the Heat will likely have Dwyane Wade available after he rested on Saturday, and while that’s good for fans of the sport in general, it certainly doesn’t help Atlanta’s prospects of grabbing a win.
Kyle Korver will attempt to keep his NBA-record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer alive in this one, but as usual, Miami presents a difficult challenge. Still, Korver’s pursuit along with the holiday and simply having the Heat in the building provides for story lines aplenty.
Our pals in Las Vegas (who are currently quite occupied with Super Bowl props, I’m sure) have installed the Heat as a 5-point favorite despite the fact that the game is in Atlanta. These two teams often play very competitive games, and because this should be a somewhat-rested Hawks team (despite the travel), we should see their best effort unless rust becomes a factor in the early going.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the night (follow us on Twitter at @ATLBeatBlog), and a full recap to follow.