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Preview: Road trip ends for Hawks with uphill battle in Houston

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Update: Cam Reddish (left wrist sprain) has been downgraded to doubtful for the Hawks tonight in Houston. Clint Capela (illness) is doubtful for the Rockets.

Trae Young was phenomenal on Friday evening, but the Atlanta Hawks eventually succumbed to the Indiana Pacers by a one-point margin. Much was made of the struggles aside from Young but, for Lloyd Pierce’s team, there is no rest for the weary with a Saturday night match-up against James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

Atlanta’s three-game road trip comes to an end with this face-off but, with the Rockets resting on Friday and the Hawks playing an overtime game (followed by travel), outside expectations are low in this spot. The good folks in Las Vegas install the Hawks as 13.5-point underdogs in this game, and that represents one of the larger spreads of the young season.

The most difficult task when dealing with the Rockets is defending Harden, with a number of Hawks scheduled to take turns against him. DeAndre’ Bembry, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish would be logical options against Harden but, in the end, keeping his supporting cast in check could be the clearest path for Atlanta.

On the injury front, the Hawks aren’t required to submit an official report until Saturday afternoon, though it is worth noting that John Collins (suspension) and Kevin Huerter (shoulder) remain sidelined. Atlanta’s injury list was clean aside from Cam Reddish (left wrist) on Friday, though the rookie was upgraded to probable before suiting up against the Pacers.

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. 30, 8:00 pm ET

Location: Toyota Center

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass