The Atlanta Hawks executed well in crunch time on Sunday evening and, as a result, the team was able to secure a streak-busting victory over the Charlotte Hornets. It stands to reason that the Hawks will have a bit more spring in their step as a result and the next challenge for Lloyd Pierce’s team comes in the form of a road date with the Miami Heat on Tuesday evening.
Sunday marked the first game for a new-look starting group, as Kent Bazemore is now in a reserve role, with Kevin Huerter slotted in alongside Trae Young and Taurean Prince on the perimeter. Bazemore thrived in the first contest but, as with anything, it will be interesting to see how the lineups continue to morph, and the Hawks elected to deploy only a 10-man rotation (one that did not feature Vince Carter or Justin Anderson) against Charlotte.
In this game, Atlanta will encounter an injury-depleted team in Miami, as Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (hamstring) are both listed as out for this contest. The Heat still boast a roster of competent NBA players but depth in the backcourt is an issue, as Josh Richardson started at point guard in their last game, with Dwyane Wade operating in an expanded role.
At this early juncture, the Heat are 7-point favorites over the Hawks, even with injuries for Miami. The Hawks appear to be at near full-strength barring a late surprise, with Bazemore (ankle) and Alex Len (back) listed as probable, and only Tyler Dorsey (ankle) and Alex Poythress (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday night’s festivities.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 pm ET
Location: American Airlines Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)