The Atlanta Hawks will take on the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at home at Philips Arena. This will be the second and final meeting between these two teams this regular season. With a win tonight, the Hawks would improve to 39-30 on the season and 2-0 in the regular season series with the Blazers. 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. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) are listed as out. DeShawn Stevenson, who suffered a lower right leg contusion in the Hawks' most recent game, is not listed on the injury report for this one, which is a good sign. I think the key to a win tonight for the Hawks is motivation. The Blazers will have a lot of incentive to win this one, as they are fighting to get the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Hawks will need to play as if they want to get home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs even more than Portland wants to get into the playoffs. If the Hawks can do that, I think they can get a W tonight in their final home game before heading out on a four-game road trip.
Game Time: 7:30pm E.T. TV: SPSO Radio: 680 The Fan and simulcast on 93.7 FM