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Update: Vince Carter (load management) is out for Wednesday’s game, but he will join the Fox Sports Southeast broadcast as an analyst for the entirety of the evening. John Collins and Kent Bazemore are listed as probable; Alex Len and Taurean Prince are listed as questionable.


On the heels of the team’s 21st consecutive loss in San Antonio, the Atlanta Hawks will face a brutal back-to-back on Wednesday evening. Lloyd Pierce’s team tipped off at 8:30 pm ET in San Antonio on Tuesday and, less than 24 hours after that game began, the Hawks will return to State Farm Arena for a face-off with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Back-to-backs are a part of NBA life but, given the travel and logistics involved, this is a tough one for Atlanta. The Sixers had the night off on Tuesday after a loss to the Mavericks on Monday and, in short, the visiting team won’t be at the disadvantage that you might expect in this spot.

With that said, the injury situation is important to monitor on both sides. Sixers All-NBA big man Joel Embiid has been ruled out for this contest and, as of Wednesday morning, fellow All-Star Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable with back tightness. No formal injury report has been released for the Hawks given the back-to-back setup but, on Tuesday, Atlanta was without John Collins (load management) and Taurean Prince (foot soreness), in addition to long-term ailments for Dewayne Dedmon, Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress and Miles Plumlee.

On March 23, the Hawks put together a memorable victory over the Sixers, including a game-winner from Trae Young. While the circumstances are very different this time around, the good folks in Las Vegas do expect a competitive game, with oddsmakers installing the Hawks as five-point underdogs at the time of this post.

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

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

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

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go