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Hawks vs Sixers preview: Playoff push continues for Atlanta in Philadelphia

Hawks look to make it two straight in Philadelphia

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks look to inch closer to securing a playoff spot when they finish off a back-to-back Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Atlanta snapped a seven-game losing skid with Tuesday’s win. The Hawks jumped out to an 18-point advantage in the first half on Tuesday but actually trailed by seven early in the fourth to a shorthanded Suns team. However, Atlanta answered and was able to close it out and secure a much-needed win.

The Hawks were also shorthanded on Tuesday missing three starters for the second straight game. Paul Millsap won’t play on Wednesday after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his knee, but Kent Bazemore could return to the Hawks lineup after missing five straight games with a bone bruise in his right knee.

All signs pointed to a Wednesday return for Bazemore (including a “probable” listing on the team’s injury report) but an official confirmation likely won’t until shortly before the game. Thabo Sefolosha has missed the last two games with a groin strain. He traveled with the team but is unlikely to play on Wednesday. In addition, Mike Dunleavy Jr. is also out of the lineup with right ankle soreness in this spot.

Philadelphia has gone 5-5 over their last 10 games but are dealing with injuries of their own. They are already without center Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons who are out for the season. Jahlil Okafor has missed the last three games due to a knee injury.

Former Atlanta Hawks center Tiago Splitter returned to the court for the first time in 14 months on Tuesday finishing with two points and three rebounds in seven minutes of action. The Hawks dealt Splitter to the Sixers at the trade deadline for forward Ersan Ilyasova.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game