Date: January 25, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 8:30 p.m.
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
After getting dominated by the San Antonio Spurs last night, the Atlanta Hawks (22-20) are trying to bounce back on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks (8-34). And they’ll have to do it without starting point guard Jeff Teague.
Early in the Spurs game, Teague had to leave because 0f a left ankle sprain, and it looks like he’s going to miss at least the next two games. Here’s what PeachTreeHoops.com thinks about the absence of Teague:
Teague’s absence could, potentially, stretch for a longer period of time, as ankle injuries (especially to quick, active guards) can notoriously linger, but his full diagnosis won’t be known until he is re-evaluated. In his stead, the Hawks will turn to some combination of Shelvin Mack, Dennis Schroder, and Lou Williams to fill those minutes, but with the rotation already quite short-handed without Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll, it isn’t a positive outlook.
As mentioned in that excerpt, the Hawks aren’t taking on top-notch competition when they travel to play the Bucks. At this moment, Milwaukee is the worst team in the NBA and the only team that hasn’t picked up double-digit wins in the season. I certainly don’t think losing Teague makes the Hawks the worst team in the NBA, but it’s definitely possible that the Bucks take advantage while they can and pick up a much-needed win.
With Jeff Teague and Al Horford out, the burden is going to fall directly on Paul Millsap’s shoulders to get this one done. Kyle Korver still has his 3-point streak alive, and he could make it 112 games if he can hit from behind the line tonight.
Vegas has the Hawks as 2.5-point favorites on the road, which is probably fair given how knocked up the team is at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer sets his lineup and rotates his players and also if any of the back ups can take advantage of this opportunity for more playing time.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the night (follow us on Twitter at @ATLBeatBlog), and a full recap to follow.