Having seen their five game winning streak stopped last time out, the Atlanta Hawks look to get back on track Sunday afternoon when they take on the Atlantic Division leading Toronto Raptors. The Hawks scored a 118-113 overtime win over the Raptors this past Tuesday at Philips Arena but will be without Kyle Korver on Sunday who didn't travel with the team due to back spasms.
Atlanta saw its five-game winning streak come to an end on Friday with a 111-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Once again defensive lapses were at fault in the loss as has been the case for most of Atlanta's second half swoon. The Hawks surrendered 42 points in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss and allowed the Pelicans to shoot 51 percent from the floor.
Jeff Teague continued his surge with 26 points in the loss on Friday. He tied his career-high with 34 points in the win over Toronto on Tuesday. Over his last six games, Teague is averaging 20.3 points and 7.7 assists on 48 percent shooting. Without Korver, Atlanta will need another big performance from Teague on Sunday.
Toronto suffered a heart breaking 119-118 loss in double overtime to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant finished with 51 points including the game-winning three to offset a brilliant performance from DeMar DeRozan who finished with 33 points. DeRozan finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta and has been living at the free throw line of late. He's averaging 30.3 points on 55 percent shooting in three games against the Hawks this season.
Atlanta continues to hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are 1.5 games back of Charlotte for seventh place and had their lead trimmed to just three games over the surging Knicks who have won eight straight. Sunday's game is the first of five straight for Atlanta against opponents with a .500 or better record.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM