Right now, the Hawks are desperate for a win. However, the conditions tonight aren’t terribly favorable. Not only is the team finishing a back-to-back, but they’re on the road (very far from home), face a 13-6 Toronto Raptors team, and still do not have Paul Millsap back from injury.
Last year the Hawks went 1-3 against the Raptors, only winning the final matchup between the two teams. Atlanta will play Toronto three times this season, with the second game falling on December 16. The Raptors have looked good so far this season, and sit comfortably in second place (behind Cleveland) in the East.
For Atlanta, the biggest key to tonight’s game could be how the starters play. Coach Bud was very upset with their performance last night — he switched out the entire lineup at one point — and hinted that he might be open to changes in the future. The Hawks should still be able field a decent starting five without Millsap, but the team has struggled to even stay on the court at times in his absence.
Aside from the starting five, scoring will be another key factor tonight. Atlanta’s defense has been strong (even during the losing streak), but cold-shooting streaks and an overall lack of baskets have crippled the Hawks recently.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 “The Game” FM