The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight on the road. This will be the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 21-12 on the season, 1-0 in the regular season series with the Timberwolves, and 1-0 in their back-to-back set. The probable starters for the Hawks tonight are Jeff Teague and Louis Williams in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) are both listed as doubtful, but did make the trip with the Hawks, which is a good sign. I think there are a couple keys to a win tonight for the Hawks. First off, Kevin Love will not be playing, but Nikola Pekovic is listed as day-to-day. Pekovic is a great scorer in the paint and can rebound the ball as well. The Hawks have to prepare as if Pekovic will play and make sure to box him out and deny him the ball in the post. Secondly, with Love out, the Hawks need to attack the paint on offense. They need to make the Timberwolves defense collapse, and then they can hit the open shooters (or score if the defense doesn't collapse). If the Hawks can follow these keys, I think they can get a W tonight against a team they have won 11-straight against (but is greatly improved).
Game Time: 8pm E.T.
Radio: 680 The Fan, 98.9 The Bone