The Atlanta Hawks look to get back on track Friday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Atlanta fell to New York 95-82 on Monday and has once again fallen into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, percentage points behind the Chicago Bulls. Atlanta is still just 1.5 games behind fourth place Brooklyn.
The Sixers have won six of ten but suffered an 88-83 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. Atlanta and Philadelphia have split two previous meetings this season. The two teams will meet for the final time next Wednesday at Philadelphia.
With six games remaining, the Hawks may be more concerned with getting its players some rest and to make sure they enter the post season healthy.
"Right now the most important thing is they are healthy once we start the postseason," Drew said. "The last thing we want at this stage for anybody to have that reoccurring injury or there is a setback. Not when you've come this far. You don't want any type of setback to settle in. You want to try to get guys as healthy as you can possible get them for postseason play."
If the Hawks remain in sixth place they will likely face the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. Atlanta split four meetings with the Pacers this season while they have lost both matchups against the Knicks with one game left to play. If the Hawks move up to fifth they will most likely face the Nets in the first round who they also split the season series with.
Game Date/Time: Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 98.9 FM, NBA Audio League Pass, Sirius XM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
Odds: Atlanta is a seven point home favorite over Philadelphia