The Atlanta Hawks are playing (very) well. Lloyd Pierce’s team has won four of five games, including a memorable, last-second victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, and things are generally positive as the stretch run continues.
However, the Hawks will arrive in a house of horrors on Tuesday evening and, when Atlanta spends time in San Antonio, things usually don’t go well. In fact, the Spurs have defeated the Hawks on twenty consecutive occasions in San Antonio, with Atlanta last winning on the road against the Spurs on Feb. 15, 1997.
That is, of course, virtually unthinkable, but it also happens to be true.
This time around, the Hawks do have some lottery-related incentive to lose but Atlanta continues to play hard and it will take a strong effort from the home team to keep the streak alive. San Antonio does need to win, however, with an eye toward playoff positioning, and that could lead to an uphill battle for Trae Young, John Collins and company.
On the injury front, the Hawks are (very) short-handed at this late stage and things could be even more dire against the Spurs. John Collins (load management) joins Taurean Prince (bilateral foot soreness) in being listed as doubtful and, when combined with absences for Dewayne Dedmon, Omari Spellman and others, Pierce will be scrambling to find healthy/available bodies in the frontcourt.
In contrast, the Spurs are almost entirely healthy and that paints a challenging picture for the Hawks. In fact, the good folks in Las Vegas install the Hawks as 9.5-point underdogs on the road and, given recent history and the injury disparity, that feels right.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, April 2, 8:30 pm ET
Location: AT&T Center
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go