The Atlanta Hawks are looking to get back on track Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Atlanta is riding a three-game losing streak after a disappointing performance in a 112-94 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night. Wednesday’s game is the first of a five-game road trip that will take the Hawks to the west coast.
Atlanta suffered a hard fought loss in Charlotte last Friday as a fourth quarter lead slipped away. Since then, they have been searching for a rhythm on both ends of the floor. They dropped a 104-94 decision in New York Sunday before Tuesday’s blowout loss at home.
Atlanta’s offense has been scuffling and they have scored more than 96 points just once over their last six games. They still lead the NBA in defensive rating but haven’t quite been locked in during the losing skid. That was never more apparent than in Tuesday’s loss when they allowed New Orleans 34 first quarter points and fell behind by as many as 30 points in the first half.
Indiana comes into the game just looking to get healthy. The Pacers are 7-8 on the season but are coming off a 120-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Indiana played without Paul George, Myles Turner and C.J. Miles who all sat due to injury. George participated in shootaround and appears likely to play although he is officially still listed as questionable. Turner is also listed as probable and likely to play.
Reserve center Kevin Seraphin and Joe Young are listed as questionable while Miles is out.
All eyes tonight will be on the matchup at point guard tonight as the Hawks face Jeff Teague for the first time since last summer’s trade. Teague spent the first seven years of his career in a Hawks uniform before being dealt in a three-team trade that netted Atlanta the No. 12 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft which they used to select Taurean Prince. That trade cleared the way for Dennis Schroder to become the team’s starting point guard.
Teague is averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 assists per game so far for Indiana. He tweaked his ankle in Sunday’s loss to Golden State but the injury wasn’t thought to be serious and he is expected to play against Atlanta. Schroder has been up and down through his first 14 games as the Hawks’ starter. He is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 assists but went scoreless in Sunday’s loss in New York.
The Hawks will rest shooting guard Kyle Korver for Wednesday’s game. Tiago Splitter (hamstring) and Mike Scott (knee) are also out.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, November 23, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 “The Game”