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Preview: Hawks begin post-deadline slate in Orlando

The deadline arrives later today. Then, the Hawks have a basketball game.

NBA: Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have a basketball game on Thursday evening, even if that does not seem to be the focus for many people. Of course, that weird sentiment arrives as a result of the trade deadline at 3:00 pm ET on Thursday afternoon but, regardless of which players will be fleeing Atlanta as a result of trade, the Hawks must take to the floor in Orlando against the Magic.

While the Magic have struggled for most of the season, Orlando is playing some of its best basketball right now, much in the way that Atlanta may be. The Magic have won three of four, including a wild win over Cleveland on Monday, and those victories come as the team is quite shorthanded in the absence of players like Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic.

With that said, the Hawks can absolutely expect to be competitive on the road in this spot and Atlanta’s struggles away from Philips Arena don’t necessarily change that. Because of the roster weirdness, it is a bit difficult to dive too deep into match-ups but, regardless, we’ll be here to chronicle the festivities.

Stay tuned throughout the day and evening for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm ET

Location: Amway Center

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)