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Hawks vs 76ers preview: Atlanta looks to keep rolling in Philadelphia

Coming off of a big emotional win on Friday, the Atlanta Hawks will try to avoid a letdown on Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Sixers.

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The Atlanta Hawks look to avoid a letdown Saturday night when they hit the road to face the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Hawks are coming off of Friday's emotional win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on "Dominique Wilkins Night" at Philips Arena. Atlanta jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and then slammed the door shut in the fourth.

The win improved the Hawks record to 49-12 on the season and increased their lead in the Eastern Conference standings to 11 games. Atlanta hasn't had a 50 win season since the 2010 team won 53. The franchise record of 57 is in jeopardy with 21 games remaining.

Atlanta defeated Philadelphia 91-85 back on January 31 at Philips Arena behind 23 points and 11 rebounds from Al Horford. The Hawks have taken all three meetings between the two clubs this season and has defeated the Sixers seven straight times overall.

Mike Budenholzer didn't announce any plans for Saturday's game on Friday but he could take it as an opportunity to rest a couple of his players. Budenholzer held out Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Al Horford in last Saturday's win over the Miami Heat. Teague and Carroll were dealing with minor bumps and bruises while Horford missed the trip due to a personal matter. With the schedule about to pick up and a road trip looming, Saturday's game could be an opportunity to rest guys like Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap if Budenholzer wants to take that route.

Philadelphia will look a bit different than they did the last time the Hawks faced them. They dealt Michael Carter-Williams at the trade deadline and picked up power forward Thomas Robinson off of waivers. Veteran Jason Richardson has also returned to the lineup after missing the biggest part of the last two seasons due to injury.

Its been a lost year for the most part for the Sixers but head coach Brett Brown has had the team playing hard and competing on a nightly basis. Despite being undermanned, the Sixers rank 13th in defensive efficiency allowing 102.1 points per 100 possessions. That is an excellent feat for a roster that has at times looked like a revolving door.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM