Hawks vs. Nets Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight on the road. This will be the second game of a home-and-home set with the Nets for the Hawks. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 23-16 on the season, 2-0 in the regular season series with the Nets, and 2-0 in their home-and-home set. 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 positions, and Al Horford at center. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) is listed as questionable. I think the key to a W tonight for the Hawks is to run, run, and run some more. The Nets are 28th in the NBA in fastbreak points per game (in other words, they don't like to run). This means that the Hawks, just as they did in the first game of the home-and-home, have to push the ball up court after every defensive rebound (they have to really box out and get boards to start the break). Having Josh Smith back in the lineup adds another aspect to the Hawks' fastbreak. It isn't completely guard-oriented anymore. The defense has to watch out for lobs to Smith on the fastbreak. If the Hawks can outscore the Nets in fastbreak points again, I think they can get another W tonight.
Game Time: 7:30pm E.T. TV: SPSO Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone