The Hawks come into the game rested after two straight off days. That time off allowed them some much needed rest and practice time to regroup from the season ending injury to Al Horford. Atlanta is 18-14 on the season and came from behind to defeat the Boston Celtics 92-91 on Tuesday. The Hawks have won five straight at Philips Arena.
Paul Millsap has carried the load in wake of Horford's injury. He is averaging over 27 points and 11 rebounds in the three games since Horford went down and will get plenty of looks Friday night.
After some early season struggles the Warriors have come alive. Golden State has won seven straight overall and four straight on the road. They knocked off the Miami Heat 123-114 on Wednesday night behind 36 points and 12 assists from Stephen Curry. David Lee had an equally big game with 32 points and 14 rebounds as Miami lost for just the second time in their last 10 games. With the likes of Curry and Klay Thompson, Atlanta's perimeter defense figures to get a stiff test in Friday's game.
Game date/time: Friday, January 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 92.9 FM "The Game"