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Blazers vs. Hawks preview: Atlanta looks to bounce back against Portland

Saturday night basketball at Philips Arena!

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks laid an egg on Thursday. There is no way around it with the way the Hawks performed in a home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies but, less than 48 hours later, Atlanta will have the opportunity to bounce back as the team welcomes the Portland Trail Blazers to Philips Arena.

Saturday’s game brings an unusual 6:00 pm ET tip-off time but this looks to be a favorable spot for the Hawks. Portland is just 30-37 on the season and the good folks at FiveThirty project Atlanta with a 62 percent chance to win. Still, the Hawks must show up in a big way on the defensive end to replicate the successful trip that occurred in Portland earlier this season.

The biggest issue on that end will be slowing the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Portland’s prolific guard tandem is dangerous on any night and, given the way the Hawks have struggled against high-end shooting teams, the Blazers could present a problem in that area.

Still, Atlanta enters this game as a 3.5-point favorite according to Las Vegas. Beyond that, the Hawks could use a victory before hitting the road for three straight games away from home this week.

Stay tuned throughout the day for updates from Philips Arena and make sure at least flip back and forth from the NCAA Tournament, once again, tonight.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 “The Game” FM