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Preview: Hawks face uphill battle against Warriors

A tough spot for Atlanta.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Golden State Warriors Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Warriors will be without Draymond Green on Tuesday evening, as the All-Star big man was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Atlanta Hawks put together a strong 48-minute effort in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, only to fall by a one-point margin at the hands of LeBron James and the Lakers. After a day off (for travel) on Monday, Trae Young and company will return to the floor on Tuesday evening and, this time, the opponent is the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, a road game against the Warriors presents all kinds of challenges for the Hawks (and any NBA team) but Golden State will be without Stephen Curry in this spot. The former MVP is nursing a groin injury and, with that in mind, the Warriors lost a road game to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday evening.

With Atlanta’s opponent operating without an elite player and on the second night of a back-to-back, the playing field should be a bit more level in this spot than you may imagine. Still, the Hawks are sizable underdogs against the Warriors (13.5 points at the time of this post) and, even without Curry, Golden State owns a significant talent edge when deploying the likes of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

There are exploitable match-ups, however, as Young will face off with former Hawks point guard Quinn Cook at the point of attack. That is a match-up that leans toward Atlanta and, while the Warriors do have an “ace in the hole” with the ability to deploy Thompson on Young defensively, Golden State isn’t exactly a team with a ton of depth in the absence of Curry.

In terms of dealing with Golden State’s top players, it will be interesting to see how lineups are constructed in this game. The Hawks do have a number of wing options to contend with Thompson, Durant and Andre Iguodala but Atlanta’s frontcourt (without Dewayne Dedmon) will be put to the test against Green and others.

Regardless, the Hawks will need to put together a high-level performance to compete for 48 minutes in Oakland and that has been a problem for Atlanta this season. It will be an interesting measuring stick for a young team, though, particularly as the team enters a second straight game without the services of Dedmon.

Stay tuned throughout the evening for all the latest and, as noted below, this is game with a very late tip-off time in the Bay Area. Get your coffee ready.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 pm ET

Location: Oracle Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA TV (out of market); NBA League Pass (out of market)