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Preview: Hawks host Nets, aim for back-to-back wins

Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Update: De’Andre Hunter (dislocated right index finger) is now listed as out for tonight’s game but Kevin Huerter (left rotator cuff strain) will be available to play, per Lloyd Pierce. Huerter has previously missed the last 11 games due to the injury, during which the Hawks lost 10 consecutive games prior to winning against the Golden State Warriors in their last outing.

The Atlanta Hawks took care of business on Monday evening, outplaying the Golden State Warriors to snap an extended losing streak. Less than 48 hours later, Lloyd Pierce’s team will be back on the floor at State Farm Arena but, this time around, the task is a bit more difficult against the Brooklyn Nets.

It is worth noting that the visitors will be without both Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert for injury reasons, giving the Hawks a clearer path to potential victory. On Atlanta’s side, there is also plenty of intrigue with the injury report. Kevin Huerter (left rotator cuff strain) was upgraded to questionable after missing 11 straight games, and that is an unquestioned boost for the Hawks. It is certainly possible that the Hawks could hold Huerter out for another game (particularly with three days off before their next tilt), but he seems to be progressing nicely.

Elsewhere, De’Andre Hunter (dislocated right index finger) is listed as doubtful after suffering the injury in the fourth quarter on Monday. Allen Crabbe (right knee soreness) will miss Wednesday’s game, with Chandler Parsons (flu-like symptoms) questionable to play.

Presumably because of the injury-related uncertainty, the point spread for Wednesday’s game is not widely available. The small handful of outlets that listed a point spread (as of Wednesday morning) install the Nets as a small favorite on the road but, depending on whether Huerter (or even Hunter) plays, that could swing.

Regardless, the Hawks have a chance to pick up a second straight victory and, while the Nets are certainly formidable than the short-handed Warriors proved to be on Monday, this is a winnable spot for Atlanta.

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: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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