The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight on the road. This will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Hawks. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 12-5 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Grizzlies. 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. Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not make the trip to Memphis. I think there are a few keys to a win tonight for the Hawks. The first is rebounding. The Grizzlies have one of the best frontcourts in the league, and the Hawks can't let them control the glass. The Hawks have to box out for every rebound. Secondly, the Hawks have to deny the ball inside. The Grizzlies' starting shooting guard hasn't hit a three all season, so the Hawks really have to focus on not letting Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol get touches inside. Gasol is a great passer out of the post, so it would be great if he doesn't get the ball much in the first place. My third key to this game is playing with energy and intensity. The Hawks just are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but so are the Grizzlies. The Hawks have to work for that edge and tire the Grizzlies out. If the Hawks can do those three things, then I think they can get a W tonight on the road.
Game Time: 8pm E.T.
Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone