Hawks vs. Bulls Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at home at Philips Arena. This will be the third and final game of the regular season between these two teams. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 27-19 on the season and 2-1 in the regular season series with the Bulls. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is listed as doubtful. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is listed as out. I am glad that Pachulia is probably resting tonight, because the Bulls will probably be without Joakim Noah and maybe be without Carlos Boozer, so the Hawks will need him more in their next two games against the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies. I think that they key to tonight's game for the Hawks is attacking the paint. When your opponent is shorthanded in the middle, you have to try to score inside. The guards need to penetrate or dish it to a big who is posting up. If the defense collapses, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow (who will probably return tonight), or John Jenkins will probably be open, and they are arguably all among the top-10 three-point shooters in the NBA. If the Hawks can look to get the ball inside, I think they can get a W tonight against the Bulls in a rematch of their 2011 Eastern Conference Semi-finals series.
Game Time: 7pm E.T. TV: SPSO, WGN Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone