Hawks vs. Bucks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight on the road at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. This will be the first of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. This will also be the first game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 31-23 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Bucks. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is listed as out. I think the key to a win tonight for the Hawks is not letting Milwaukee's guards penetrate to the hole. They have two very good slashing guards, and with some great shooters on the team in Ersan Ilyasova and now J.J. Redick, that makes it even more dangerous when they try to weave their way inside. If the Hawks can prevent dribble-drive penetration from Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, I think they can get a win tonight in this nationally-televised rematch of their 2010 first-round playoff series.
Game Time: 8:30pm E.T. TV: SPSO, NBATV Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone