The Atlanta Hawks face another tough test on Sunday as they hit the road for a match up against the Memphis Grizzlies. Atlanta is coming off of Friday's emotional win over the Golden State Warriors. They will look to build off that win against a Grizzlies team that has been red hot of late.
The Hawks defeated the Warriors 124-116 on Friday in one of the most anticipated match ups of the regular season so far. Seven different players scored in double figures for Atlanta led by Jeff Teague's 23 points. Atlanta knocked down 15-27 three-point attempts to offset the Warriors' rebounding advantage and pulled away late for the victory.
The Grizzlies saw their eight game winning streak come to an end on Friday with a disappointing 90-89 loss at Minnesota. Its about the only thing that has gone wrong for Memphis of late. The Grizzlies trail the Warriors by 3.5 games but have a two game edge over third place Houston in the West Standings. Memphis has been particularly good at home where they have won 10 of their last 11 games and are 8-1 against the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta took the first match up between the two teams back on January 7 winning 96-86. Teague was again the catalyst finishing with a game-high 25 points and six assists. The Grizzlies played without power forward Zach Randolph who was sidelined due to injury. Memphis has won 12 of 14 since that loss and Randoloph is averaging 18.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game over that span.
On the injury front, both teams will be without a pair of wing reserves. Atlanta will be without Thabo Sefolosha who is out for the next 6-8 weeks with a calf injury. The Grizzlies will be without Vince Carter who suffered a foot injury in an earlier win over the Nuggets. Carter is out indefinitely. Shelvin Mack was in uniform and available for Friday's game against Golden State but was a DNP-CD against the Warriors.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM