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Hawks vs Trail Blazers preview: Atlanta looks to bounce back in Portland

Hawks look to bounce back in a big way from Friday’s disappointing loss against the Portland Trail Blazers

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks continue their west coast road trip Monday night with a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hawks have lost two of their last three games including a painful defeat Friday night in Sacramento to open the road trip.

Atlanta watched a 22-point lead slip away in the second half Monday against the Kings in a 108-107 loss. The Hawks were frustrated following the game about the lack of a foul call on their final shot attempt however the NBA’s last two minute report indicated that there was no foul on the play.

Foul or not, Atlanta can’t be happy about their second half performance particularly on the defensive end of the floor. The Hawks allowed the Kings to score 65 points in the second half on 53 percent shooting. Sacramento knocked down 18 three-pointers in the game.

Portland comes into the game with similar struggles having dropped four of six including a 120-111 home loss to the Boston Celtics last Thursday. The Trail Blazers led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter but couldn’t hold the lead.

Portland shook things up over the weekend trading away center Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for center Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic is expected to be available for Monday’s game. Portland trails Denver by one game in the Western Conference playoff race.

Thabo Sefolosha has missed seven straight games for Atlanta due to a groin injury but was upgraded to “questionable” for Monday’s game. His status will likely be updated again closer to game time.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, February 13, 10:30 p.m. ET

Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

TV: TNT

Radio: 92.9 “The Game” FM