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Hawks vs. Celtics preview: Atlanta looks to get a good start to the weekend in Boston

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Atlanta hopes to keep good fortune on Friday the 13th.

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The Hawks are going into Boston Friday night at 8-2 on the season to take on the Celtics, who are 3-4. The Hawks are coming off of a sloppy win against the Pelicans, after struggling with a team that was missing superstar Anthony Davis, and Jrue Holiday.

The Hawks have looked good to start this season, but like any team have room for improvement. They have gotten off to relatively slow starts, and against a young team like Boston, that might be more dangerous. Al Horford kept the Hawks in the game against the Pelicans, and will look for similar production out of him, and Paul Millsap, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Guard play will be something to watch in Boston Friday night, with Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder attempting to slow down Isaiah Thomas, who has started four of the Celtics seven games, but has given the team the second most minutes out of anybody on the roster. He is also averaging 20.6 points and 5.6 assists per game. Brad Stevens' young team might not be the most talented, but they aren't a team to overlook by any means.

A win will help the Hawks keep up with the Cavaliers, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings at 7-1. The Hawks are off to a better start through 10 games than they were last year, and will look to continue to prove their doubters wrong by improving to 9-2 Friday night.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

TV: FOX Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game FM