Jan 3, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forwardHarrison Barnes
(40) shows emotion with small forwardAndre Iguodala
(9) against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hawks 101-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Date: March 7, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 10:30 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
Update No. 1
It looks like the Hawks are finally going to catch a break–according to Chris Vivlamore, All-Star forward Paul Millsap is going to be playing tonight against the Clippers:
Like I mentioned in the preview below, the Hawks are in desperate need of a healthy Millsap. They’ve had a terrible time trying to get wins without him and the front court depth has been decimated with his injury in addition to Al Horford and others. Millsap is the team’s best player and his return to the team could be all the team needs to get back on track.
In his time this season, Millsap has averaged 17.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and just over one block per game. It’ll be great to see Millsap active on the boards and down low tonight, but it will be interesting to see how well he plays coming off of his knee injury.
After being dominated by the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks (26-33) are trying to get back in the win column tonight against the Golden State Warriors (38-24).
While the Hawks have lost four straight (and 12 of their last 13 games) the Warriors are riding a two-game winning streak and have won seven of their past nine games. The Warriors are in the top third of the league in each of the four major statistical categories and should prove to be another tough match up for the struggling Hawks.
The Hawks are going to have to do much better than the 78-point performance they showed against Portland in the middle of the week. During that game, only three players (and just one starter) managed to get into double-digits scoring, and the team shot a pitiful 33 percent from the field.
That’s certainly not going to be enough against a team that averages 103 points per game. The Warriors are also a pretty solid defensive team (No. 7 in the league) and hold their opponents to 98.6 points per game. Stephen Curry is going to be a nightmare for Jeff Teague to guard and to top it all off, they are going to rebound all over Atlanta–unless Paul Millsap finally gets back into the game.
Vegas, unsurprisingly, has the Hawks as 9.5-point underdogs in this one.
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