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Game Thread: Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets

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Happy Friday, y’all. Let’s get weird.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks enter Friday night’s game against the Houston Rockets in a tough spot. In short, the Rockets are considered to be legitimate contenders this season and, even without Chris Paul (who remains on the shelf with injury), James Harden and company are loaded with talent.

Still, the Hawks have a nice opportunity to break a frustrating losing skid and, at the very least, it should be a fun watch.

Stay tuned throughout the afternoon for all the latest and, as always, let's keep the discussion civil in the comments.

Probable Starters

Hawks

PG - Dennis Schröder

SG - Kent Bazemore

SF - Taurean Prince

PF - Mike Muscala

C - Dewayne Dedmon

Rockets

PG - James Harden

SG - Eric Gordon

SF - Trevor Ariza

PF - Ryan Anderson

C - Clint Capela

Injury Report:

Atlanta - Marco Belinelli (Achilles), Dennis Schröder (ankle) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are probable; Malcolm Delaney (sprained right ankle) is doubtful; Ersan Ilyasova (knee bone bruise), DeAndre’ Bembry (right wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad strain) are out.

Houston - Chris Paul (knee) is out.