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Warriors vs Hawks preview: Atlanta looks to start the new year off right

The Atlanta Hawks look to extend their current home winning streak to six games but face a tough task in Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Ezra Shaw

The Atlanta Hawks look to continue their good run at home but will face a stiff challenge from the Golden State Warriors.

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.

Atlanta's injury situation is improving. DeMarre Carroll is expected to return from a two game absence due to a sprained thumb. John Jenkins remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.

Game Info

Game date/time: Friday, January 3, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 92.9 FM "The Game"