UPDATE: Taurean Prince has been upgraded to probable after a doubtful distinction overnight.
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Atlanta Hawks own the NBA’s longest losing streak, suffering seven consecutive defeats. However, the Hawks will operate in a more friendly environment this week, as Lloyd Pierce and company will enjoy an extended, four-game homestand beginning with a match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday evening.
The mere presence of a home game does not guarantee anything, though, and the Hawks will have a difficult task in this particular spot. The Clippers enter on the strength of a four-game winning streak in their own right and, while Los Angeles does not necessarily boast elite-level talent, this is a deep squad that is playing quite well on both ends of the floor.
As a result, the Clippers enter this game as substantial favorites according to Las Vegas and Atlanta will be tasked with another upset bid. The presence of John Collins, playing in his second straight game, should aid the home team and, in addition, Justin Anderson was formally removed from the injury report, signaling that the veteran forward could make his Hawks debut on Monday.
Elsewhere, the injury report does paint a picture of less than full health for Atlanta, as both Taurean Prince (Achilles) and Alex Poythress (ankle) are listed as doubtful. Provided neither plays, it will be interesting to see what Pierce does with the starting lineup, as Collins could be elevated to a starting role (if deemed ready for an uptick in minutes), or the staff could go with either Vince Carter or Omari Spellman at the 4. Prince has been replaced by both DeAndre’ Bembry and Kevin Huerter at different moments and, in a match-up against a deep and talented team, every match-up is magnified.
Atlanta will need to put together a strong 48-minute effort to unseat the red-hot Clippers (and old pal Lou Williams) but, at times this season, the Hawks have been able to threaten superior teams. Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from State Farm Arena.
Game Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)