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Preview: Hawks host Miami in search of skid-stopping victory

Atlanta could use a favorable spot and this might be it.

NBA: Preseason-Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It was a very quiet weekend for the Atlanta Hawks but that comes to an end with a return to the hardwood on Monday evening. The opponent this time around will be the Miami Heat and, while the Hawks were theoretically relaxing at home, the visitors had some trouble flying into the city due to the widespread power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Fortunately, the Heat were able to eventually arrive but Miami will be short-handed from an injury perspective. Erik Spoelstra’s team is expected to be without Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White for this particular game and, while the Heat are known for a deep roster, it is tough to withstand that kind of attrition with the duo of Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic also listed as questionable.

The Hawks, of course, are still not fully healthy with both Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala on the shelf but, for the first time in a while, Atlanta will be the healthier squad. With that said, the Hawks are struggling mightily as losers of four consecutive games and Miami remains favored to win (at least in Las Vegas) despite their depleted status.

Still, this should be an interesting face-off and it is worth a reminder that two Atlanta-based sporting events are taking place on Monday evening. Stay with us throughout the day for all the latest and, before tip-off, be sure to check out our two-part series on whether the Hawks are actually making progress at the moment.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)