The Atlanta Hawks are riding high on the strength of a somewhat unexpected road victory on Tuesday night, and their present is a rematch with the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening. It has been nearly a month since the Hawks fell to the Raptors in the season opener in Canada, but in this match-up, Atlanta will have the chance to get a slight hint of revenge.
To be honest, the Raptors are playing quite well right now, and they have the added benefit of a day off on Tuesday. Toronto is the only team in the NBA that boasts a top-five unit in offense (110.0 points per 100) and defense (99.1 points per 100 allowed), and their 12-2 record supports that statistical evidence.
Much like Tuesday night, the Hawks will be charged with slowing down a high-end point guard, as Kyle Lowry is the latest match-up for Jeff Teague. Teague was more than up to the challenge against Washington's John Wall, but Lowry's stout frame could give Jeff issues, especially on the heels of a back-to-back.
The Raptors do not feature a singular "star", but in addition to Lowry, DeMar DeRozan is one of the best wings in the NBA. DeMarre Carroll will likely draw the assignment throughout the night, but he will surely receive some help, as DeRozan is averaging north of 20 points per game on the season.
For those searching for a "secondary" story line, Wednesday night will bring the return of local product Lou Williams to Philips Arena. Williams was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in the last seven-day period for an explosive string of performances, and while it is tough to root against Lou, it would be beneficial for the Hawks to keep an eye on their former teammate, especially in late-quarter situations.
It would be aggressive to state that this is a "favorable" spot for Atlanta, simply because it comes on a back-to-back against a more rested opponent, but the Hawks have largely played well at home this season, and Tuesday's effort against Washington brings optimism. Stay tuned to Peachtree Hoops throughout the day and night for all the latest.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM