The longest homestand of the season continues for the Atlanta Hawks and, on Saturday, the team fell flat in a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls. With that said, the Hawks have displayed signs of life during this extended stretch of home games and the Utah Jazz invade Philips Arena on Monday evening.
The Hawks and Jazz have not squared off this season and Utah has been a disappointment when compared to preseason expectations. Despite two wins in their last three contests, Quin Snyder’s team sits at just 19-27 on the season and, while they appear to be unlucky based on a reasonable net rating (-0.7), this isn’t a team that is necessarily expected to go on the road and take care of business on a nightly basis.
Utah enters the evening, at least as of Monday morning, as a small favorite in Las Vegas but, in the end, the result could largely depend on Atlanta’s performance level. The Hawks had all kinds of trouble knocking down shots on Saturday and, against a Utah defense with Rudy Gobert healthy, the sledding won’t be easy in terms of producing quality looks. Still, Atlanta could be expected to “regress to the mean” in terms of their perimeter accuracy, providing some level of optimism.
The Hawks and Jazz, on paper, aren’t necessarily expected to produce overly entertaining basketball (aside from outstanding rookies in Donovan Mitchell and John Collins) when compared to the rest of the league. Still, these are two well-coached teams that provide effort on a nightly basis and you can join us through the festivities throughout the day.
Game Date/Time: Monday, January 22, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)