Atlanta Hawks Have Tough Test Tonight With Philadelphia 76ers In Town

Atlanta Hawks, John Collins (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks, John Collins (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Hawks return home for a game with the Philadelphia 76ers after dropping a game north of the border against the Toronto Raptors. With Joel Embiid back from injury for tonight’s game, the Hawks are in for a stout test.

The Atlanta Hawks dropped their road game on Monday to the Toronto Raptors. The game was competitive, with the Hawks getting the lead below ten points, but the Raptors never allowed the Hawks to take a lead. It was the shooting that doomed the Hawks in Toronto. On 47 three-point attempts, the Hawks shot 25% hitting 12 of the 47. It was a dreadful shooting night for the Hawks that could have stolen a game if a few more shots had gone down.

Following the loss to the Raptors, the Hawks have a quick turnaround with the 76ers coming to Atlanta for a game. In their only previous meeting of the season, the 76ers needed two late free throws from Joel Embiid to secure the 105-103 win. Unfortunately, for the Hawks, Embiid just returned from an injury on Tuesday where Embiid dropped 24 points and snagged 10 rebounds. Embiid will be in the lineup tonight when the 76ers take the floor against the Hawks.

For the Hawks, Trae Young and John Collins are playing some of their best basketball of the season. Coming into tonight’s game, Trae has recorded four double-doubles in a row, including the 45 point game against the Washington Wizards. Trae’s assist numbers have gone through the roof in the last four games. His totals are 15, 16, 14, and 13. The return of Collins has helped Trae boost his passing numbers.

John Collins is playing his best basketball of the season. Collins needed some time to readjust after missing 25 games due to his midseason suspension. Collins had stated how difficult it was to see his team without him and hoping he still had a place on the team. In his last four games, Collins has shown he’s vital for the Hawks. His scoring totals in the last four games are 33, 28, 16, and 28. With the Hawks so desperate for a reliable second-scorer to ease Trae’s load, John Collins is showing he’s capable of filling that role.

Tonight’s game will be another tricky test for the Atlanta Hawks. While their record may not reflect it, the 76ers are on the of the best teams in all of the NBA. Any team with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Al Horford, and Tobias Harris is going to be tricky. Add some of the best bench depth in the NBA, and the Hawks could be in some trouble tonight. However, this is the same team the Hawks played very tough in the first meeting. Don’t be surprised to see Trae having another big night while the Hawks keep the score tight.

The Hawks and 76ers will tipoff from Atlanta at 7:30 P.M. tonight. Go Hawks!