Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Atlanta Hawks return to Philips Arena Wednesday night to take on the Philadelphia 76ers and are looking to snap a three-game losing skid.
The Atlanta Hawks return home to Philips Arena after a 3-3 road trip and are looking to snap a three-game slide when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks remain right in the middle of things in the tightly contested East Standings but Wednesday's game is an important one given this weekend's back-to-back against Boston and Brooklyn.
Compounding problems for Atlanta is a rash of injuries that cropped up to end the road trip. Kyle Korver, Zaza Pachulia and DeShawn Stevenson all sat out Monday's loss to Denver. Jeff Teague rolled an ankle and Ivan Johnson suffered a dislocated finger against the Nuggets but were able to return and play. The Hawks likely won't know who might be available until after Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Larry Drew and the Hawks aren't likely to get much sympathy from Doug Collins and the Sixers who have lost two straight and nine of their last 10. Its been a frustrating season for Collins and his team who have been without the services of Andrew Bynum as he continues to try and comeback from a knee injury. Philly has lost 10 in a row on the road.
If the Hawks are going to add to Philadelphia's struggles, then slowing down Jrue Holiday will be the first priority. The first-time All-Star is averaging a career-best 19.1 points and 8.5 assists this season. Atlanta suffered a 99-80 loss in Philadelphia back in December.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
Odds: Atlanta is favored by eight points over Philadelphia