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Can Atlanta stop the bleeding?

NBA: Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and, over the last three games, Lloyd Pierce’s team has been outscored by 74 points. Obviously, that is an indicator that the Hawks aren’t playing particularly well at the moment but, on Saturday evening, Atlanta will have an opportunity to stop the bleeding when the Miami Heat come to town.

The Heat are riding their own dry spell, having dropped two straight, but Miami has playoff-level expectations this season. While the Jimmy Butler trade saga loomed over much of what the franchise was doing in October, November is a new month and, to put it plainly, the Heat have an overall talent advantage over the John Collins-less home team in this spot.

With that said, Miami is not blessed with a dominant singular force on the roster, instead relying on a steady stream of quality veterans to produce competency. Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic (who is listed as questionable with a toe ailment) form a strong backcourt tandem and, with the Hawks allowing 60-plus points to De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield on Thursday, it will be interesting to see how Trae Young, Kent Bazemore and company respond to another challenge.

From an injury perspective, the Hawks could be without Kevin Huerter in this spot, as the rookie wing exited Thursday’s game with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable. If Huerter were to miss this particular game, Tyler Dorsey would seen an uptick in minutes but, otherwise, the rest of Atlanta’s rotation looks to be solidly available, at least with regard to the players who have been involved (ahem, John Collins) to this point in the calendar.

The good folks in Las Vegas install the Heat as road favorites in this game, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. For reference, the Hawks were two-point underdogs to the Kings on Thursday before suffering a blowout defeat but, as always, it is a good idea to take cues from the “wise guys” when attempting to handicap the festivities.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from State Farm Arena.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 3, 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)