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The Hawks welcome DeMarre Carroll and the Raptors to Philips Arena in a battle of upper-tier Eastern Conference teams on Wednesday evening.

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For the first time since his legendary performance in Game 2 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals, DeMarre Carroll will take the floor for a basketball game at Philips Arena on Wednesday evening. Carroll and the Toronto Raptors are in town for a match-up of two of the best teams in the East this season, and the Atlanta Hawks will play host on the heels of a strong win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Carroll's first stint in Toronto has been marred a bit by injury, but the former Hawk still garners a lot of love from Atlanta fans, and it will be fun to see the reaction of the crowd for this one. On the side of the Hawks, this is the second game of a three-game homestand, and while that may not seem like much in the way of a "break", this Atlanta team has been grilled by the schedule over the first month of the season, and the effects of a rested team came through on Monday.

Toronto is led by Kyle Lowry, who is playing at an obscenely high level that includes 20.7 points, 6.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and a PER of nearly 25 to this point in the year. Jeff Teague will get the first crack at defending Lowry, but with the bulky point guard teaming with DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors have posted a top-10 offense in the league while scoring 103.0 points per 100 possessions.

Mike Budenholzer's team does enter this game with a largely clean bill of health, and with the exception of Tiago Splitter (who remains a question mark), the full complement of assets should be available. That will come in handy against a Raptors team that is fully capable of stealing a win in Atlanta, and while an A+ effort may not be required to squeak out a win, the Hawks must play well to hold serve in an intriguing early-season match-up.

Stay tuned throughout the day for full coverage.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM