The Atlanta Hawks will try to snap out of their recent funk as they finish off a back-to-back set with a home matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The Hawks have lost two straight to two of the top teams in the East in Chicago and Indiana.
Atlanta has had good success against Memphis of late winning 10 of the last 12 matchups. The Hawks defeated Grizzlies earlier this season 93-83 in Memphis.
Like Atlanta, the Grizzlies have struggled of late and in the aftermath of the Rudy Gay trade. Both teams have been looking for consistency and have had a hard time dealing with turnovers of late. Memphis dropped a 96-90 decision in Phoenix Tuesday thanks to seven fourth quarter turnovers.
Atlanta can't seem to get healthy as they often get one player back only to see another go down. The Hawks were without Zaza Pachulia and Devin Harris for the last two games with Achilles and ankle injuries. Their status for Wednesday's game likely won't be determined until closer to tip off.
The matchup to watch in this game could be between Atlanta's Josh Smith and Memphis' Zach Randolph. Smith scored just nine points in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers while committing four turnovers. He led the Hawks in the previous meeting with 23 points. Randolph has been a thorn in the side of the Hawks in recent trips to Atlanta but has been struggling of late averaging just 8.6 points on 31 percent shooting in his last five road games. For the Hawks to win, they need to come out on the right side of this matchup.
Game date/time: Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband