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Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford will start for the Hawks against the Sixers' Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Lavoy Allen.
The Hawks will go with the same five as Wednesday night, with Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stevenson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford starting the game. They will be matched up with the Philadelphia starting five of Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Lavoy Allen. With both teams going small, the Hawks should look to the front-court of Horford and Smith to get things going early.
Smoove will have a size advantage on Young, and he should try to take advantage of that on the block, while Horford has an athletic advantage over Allen, so look for the Hawks to run some early pick-and-rolls/pick-and-pops to get Horford in space against Allen. Holiday and Turner are returning to the lineup from injury, so expect the Hawks to attack them early, especially Teague on Holiday on the aforementioned pick-and-rolls.
The Hawks bench struggled early against the Thunder and will need to return to form, and Atlanta has to get better shot selection out of their volume shooters. Smoove, Lou Williams, Al Horford, and Kyle Korver all took more than 10 shots, and none shot better than 42% (Josh). This came from too much isolation and trying to force things, so the Hawks will have to move the ball and try to open up some easier looks for their key players if they are to get back on track against the Sixers.