Another grueling stretch of the schedule will end for the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night when they wrap up a four-games in five nights stretch against the San Antonio Spurs. The Hawks have gone 2-1 over that stretch but will have to reverse a trend if they are to beat the Spurs.
Atlanta has lost nine straight games to the Spurs and 18 straight regular season games in San Antonio. Mike Budenholzer has built the Hawks in the Spurs image, but he has had no luck against his former boss Gregg Popovich against whom he has lost all four meetings.
Atlanta rallied from 12 down and overcame a poor defensive first quarter in a 116-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Friday snapping a four-game road losing streak in the process. Paul Millsap turned in another stellar performance with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Millsap has scored at least 22 points in each of the last three games and has logged a double-double in four of the last five games.
San Antonio trailed the Denver Nuggets by as many as 11 points on Friday before righting the ship and coasting to their fourth straight win. The Spurs have won 9 of 10 and are in second place in the Western Conference Standings. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 25 points in Denver while Tony Parker added 13 points and seven assists.
Both teams are very mindful of the minutes their players log and rested key players in Friday's games. The Spurs held Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli out against Denver while Atlanta made Thabo Sefolosha inactive after he played in a back-to-back earlier this week. All are expected back for Saturday's game. Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter won't play in Saturday's game due to a sore hip that has kept him out of the last three games.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, November 28, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM