The Atlanta Hawks have come out flat after the All-Star Break and will look to get back to their winning ways when the Chicago Bulls come to town Friday.
The Atlanta Hawks have lost their first three games since the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, all at home. Atlanta has lost its last four home games, the longest streak since the 2006-07 NBA season. They’ve lost five of their last six games and are 4-6 in their last ten 10 games. Needless to say, the Atlanta Hawks have stumbled a bit in the month of February.
Atlanta will get another crack at the their 32nd win on the year when they play the last team they defeated in the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at Philips Arena. Tipoff is at 8:00 PM ET and the game will air on both ESPN and Fox Sports Southeast.
The Hawks handled the Bulls on Wednesday, February 10th at the United Center in Chicago, 113-90. Atlanta has since gone into a post All-Star Break swoon and has yet to come away with a victory in half a month.
Entering play Friday night, both the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls are 11.0 games back of the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Chicago has won three straight games, but are only 4-6 in its last 10. The Bulls are just ahead of the Hawks in the East in sixth place with a 30-26 record. Fortunately for Atlanta, Chicago isn’t a strong team away from the United Center with an 11-16 road record.
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Atlanta enters play with a 31-27 record and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 1.5 games back of the Miami Heat for first place in the Southeast Division with the 29-27 Charlotte Hornets only a game back of them in the standings in third place in the Southeast and eight in the Eastern Conference.
While Atlanta has not played a completely dominating basketball game in a while, the Hawks have had their success against the Bulls this season, as Chicago often times looks a bit disjointed under new head coach Fred Hoiberg.
It’s interesting how these two teams were largely considered the two primary challengers to the Cavaliers this season in the East, but are now looking like teams that will only play in the first round in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and nothing more.
The Atlanta Hawks did show up big in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, so perhaps that performance could stand as a jumping off point for our down their luck Atlanta Hawks. Let’s Go Hawks!