The Atlanta Hawks are down to just four games remaining in the regular season but what seed they will be and who they will face in the first round of the playoffs still isn't settled. Atlanta can move to within percentage points of the Chicago Bulls for the fifth seed with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Atlanta has lost three straight but is coming off of three straight off days. Some its regulars including Josh Smith and Al Horford received an extra day off after they sat out last Saturday's loss in San Antonio with nagging injuries. Atlanta could have everybody back in the lineup against Philadelphia including Devin Harris who has missed the last eight games with a toe injury.
The Sixers have taken two of the three meetings with the Hawks this season including a 101-90 win last Friday. Philadelphia jumped out to a 40-26 lead in the first quarter and cruised home to an easy victory. Three different Sixers finished with double-doubles led by Evan Turner's 24 points and 11 rebounds. Head coach Larry Drew certainly wasn't happy with his team's approach in the last meeting:
"The message is very clear. The last time we played this team, we did not show up," Drew said of facing the Sixers. "I actually had a meeting with Al, Josh and Jeff. Those three guys are the head of the snake for me. I need them playing at a very high level.
The Sixers haven't exactly been competitive of late as they followed up a 106-87 loss in Miami on Saturday with a 104-83 loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Whether they are struggling or not they certainly haven't been an easy out for the Hawks this season.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Radio: 98.9 FM, NBA Audio League Pass, Sirius XM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband