Sunday’s game is the first of an unusual home/road back to back situation for Atlanta. The team will face the Bucks at 3 p.m. on Sunday and then must fly to New York and prepare for a 1 p.m. MLK Day matchup against the Knicks on Monday.
Atlanta saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end on Friday in a two-point loss to Al Horford and the Boston Celtics. The Hawks trailed by 20 points in the third quarter before their bench unit rallied. Atlanta tied the game in the final minutes but a jumper from Isaiah Thomas with 2.4 seconds remaining proved to be the difference.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and continued what has been a torrid January.
The Hawks will need to put the pieces back together quickly against a Bucks team that is trending upward in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee has won two straight and at 20-18, are in fifth place in the East standings trailing Atlanta by just 1.5 games. Jabari Parker led the way with 24 points in the Bucks’ 116-108 win on Friday.
Atlanta has won both matchups against the Bucks so far this season. Paul Millsap scored 21 points to help lead the Hawks to a 107-100 win in mid-November at Philips Arena. The two teams met again in Milwaukee on December 9 with the Hawks outlasting the Bucks 114-110 behind a career-best 33 points from Dennis Schröder.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 “The Game” FM