Hawks vs. Celtics Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Boston Celtics tonight on the road at the TD Garden. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 35-26 on the season and 2-1 in the regular season series with the Celtics. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is listed as out. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is listed as a game-time decision. I think the key to a win tonight for the Hawks is taking the ball inside. Other than Kevin Garnett, the Celtics aren't a very good defensive team in the paint, especially given that they just traded away former Hawks center and defensive-stopper Jason Collins. The Hawks need to try to take advantage of this and use their larger lineups. It would be good if Zaza Pachulia could play and if Johan Petro and Ivan Johnson could see some extended minutes. This is also where Jeremy Tyler could've come in handy had the Hawks not waived him. If the Hawks can use size to their advantage, I think they can get a W tonight in a nationally-televised rematch of their 2008 and 2012 first round playoff series.
Game Time: 8pm E.T. TV: ESPN Radio: 680 The Fan and simulcast on 93.7 FM