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Hawks vs. Heat preview: An early look at a season-long battle

The Hawks continue their home preseason slate with a match-up against the Miami Heat on Sunday evening.

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The Atlanta Hawks are the defending Southeast Division champions, but many have predicted that the team will be unable to claim that distinction in back-to-back seasons. The reason? Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.

On Sunday evening, the public will get an advanced look at what could be a back-and-forth battle for division supremacy this season, as the Heat visit Atlanta for a preseason contest. To be fair, there isn't exactly a lot of pressure on either side on this day, but the Hawks are playing quite well on the way to a 4-0 start, and it will be interesting to see what transpires.

As always in the preseason, every caveat should be put forth with regard to lineups until game time. The Hawks elected to rest Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kent Bazemore on Friday night, and we will keep an eye on personnel closer to game time. Regardless, there will be basketball action flowing on Sunday evening and we will be here. Stay tuned throughout the day.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 FM (Local in Atlanta); NBA Audio League Pass