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Preview: Hawks host reigning champs on second night of back-to-back

No rest for the weary.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night’s contest in Detroit was a flop that ultimately ended in a 25-point defeat for the Atlanta Hawks. After an extended post-game meeting and a late-night flight, the Hawks will return to the floor less than 24 hours later, playing host to the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors at State Farm Arena.

Of course, this isn’t quite the same Raptors team that claimed the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, as Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green aren’t walking through that door. Toronto is off to a blistering 10-4 start, though, and the Raptors should be well-rested after two straight days off.

From an injury perspective, there is some uncertainty with the Hawks, as Cam Reddish (left wrist sprain) missed Friday’s game. Atlanta’s injury report isn’t due to until Saturday afternoon but, in addition to the absences of Kevin Huerter and John Collins, there are things to monitor.

For Toronto, the Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry, Stanley Johnson and Patrick McCaw, with Serge Ibaka unlikely to suit up with a “doubtful” injury designation. That leaves Toronto short-handed compared to their usual baseline but, even with that as the backdrop, the Hawks are currently 7-point underdogs on the second night of a back-to-back.

Despite the rest disadvantage, this is a winnable game for the Hawks, as they aim to stop the bleeding of a five-game losing streak and 11 defeats in the last 13 games. How they respond to Friday’s activities will be, at the very least, quite interesting.

Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass