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Preview: Hawks host Pelicans, aim to avoid fourth straight defeat

Back-to-back in a hurry.

NBA: Preseason-New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday evening, the Atlanta Hawks suffered their third consecutive loss, succumbing to the Brooklyn Nets despite explosive statistical performances from John Collins and Trae Young. There is no rest for the weary, however, as the Hawks will turn around to host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday evening with a tip-off only 22 hours after the team’s Saturday tilt.

Sunday marks the first match-up between the Hawks and Pelicans this season and New Orleans lands in Atlanta after two consecutive losses. In general, Alvin Gentry’s team has been disappointing this season, falling out of the playoff race and experiencing all kinds of roster drama, ranging from injury issues to the overarching weirdness of the Anthony Davis saga.

At the time of this post, Atlanta’s injury report is unknown, though it is clear that the team will be operating without Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress and Miles Plumlee. Dewayne Dedmon missed Saturday’s game with a knee issue and, without him, the Hawks turned to Tyler Zeller and Justin Anderson for (limited) minutes in the frontcourt, paving the way for what could be the expected rotation if Dedmon does not return.

On the visiting side, Pelicans standout guard Jrue Holiday is out for this game and he is definitively joined on the shelf by fellow rotation player E’Twaun Moore. Davis’ status is also up in the air, as the All-NBA big man (already deployed in limited fashion after his trade request) is listed as questionable with a lower back ailment.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Davis’ injury and the general logistics of a back-to-back, Las Vegas has not released a point spread as of Sunday morning. However, it is necessary to note that the Pelicans did not play on Saturday and they were in Atlanta while the Hawks were squaring off with Brooklyn. That could prove interesting, particularly in the second half, on Sunday.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from State Farm Arena.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, March 10, 6:00 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA TV (out of market only)

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)