The Atlanta Hawks own the NBA’s longest active losing streak, landing on the wrong end of 10 consecutive decisions. With that in mind, the Hawks should be in a desperate position on Monday evening against the Orlando Magic as the team participates in its final game of 2019.
Unfortunately for Lloyd Pierce and company, securing a victory could be a tall task, as Trae Young will miss his second straight game with a right ankle sprain. Atlanta’s has been inept when Young is off the floor this season and that continued on Saturday evening in Chicago. Young is joined on the injury report by Jabari Parker (shoulder), who is listed as doubtful, and both Alex Len (ankle) and Evan Turner (hamstring), who are listed as probable.
The Magic aren’t at full strength in this matchup, though, with Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) and MIchael Carter-Williams (shoulder) already sidelined. Orlando could be without Aaron Gordon (Achilles) and/or Mo Bamba (ankle) in this game, with both listed as questionable.
Despite the fact that Orlando is just 14-18 after losing seven of the last ten games, the Hawks enter this contest as substantial betting underdogs, though the specific margin (currently at 11) is variable given the injury uncertainty on both sides. The Magic do have trouble on the offensive end, which could level the playing field, but Atlanta will need to perform at a vastly improved level in order to snap the losing skid.
Stay tuned throughout the day and be encouraged to utilize the comments below as a “game thread” for the action.
Game Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 30, 7:00 pm ET
Location: Amway Center
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass