The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Chicago Bulls tonight on the road. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 22-15 on the season and 2-0 in the regular season series with the Bulls. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, and Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Against an All-Star small forward in Luol Deng, I would be tempted to start DeShawn Stevenson at the three instead of Korver. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) is listed as questionable. I think the key to a win tonight for the Hawks is boxing out. The Bulls have one of the best frontcourts in the league, featuring All-Star Deng, former All-Star Carlos Boozer, and double-digit rebounder (and Al Horford's Florida teammate) Joakim Noah. The Hawks won their first meeting with the Bulls this season, and it was because by boxing out, they held the Bulls to 21-below their season rebounds per game average. If the Hawks can do a great job of boxing out as a team and win the rebounding battle again, I think they can get a much-needed (the Bulls are only a half-game behind the Hawks in the Eastern Confernce standings) W tonight in this nationally-televised rematch of their 2011 Eastern Conference semi-finals playoff series.
Game Time: 8pm E.T. TV: SPSO, NBATV Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone