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Preview: Hawks look to build on momentum against Raptors

Atlanta Hawks v Toronto Raptors Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks picked up a comfortable victory on Sunday evening, putting together an offensive explosion against the Washington Wizards. With that said, the game took place in the shadow of Kobe Bryant’s passing and it was an emotional night for all involved. After a day off from game action on Monday, the Hawks will look to build on their positive on-court momentum on Tuesday with a tough road test against the Toronto Raptors.

The same two teams met only eight days ago, with the Hawks nearly pulling off a comeback win against the Raptors at home on MLK Day. Atlanta dug a deep hole in that game but, for much of the afternoon, the Hawks competed at a high level and they will look to replicate the more optimistic points of that match-up on Tuesday.

From a player availability perspective, the Raptors are relatively healthy, with only Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) and Patrick McCaw (nose) listed as questionable among regular contributors. The home team has more issues, though, with Bruno Fernando (left calf strain) listed as questionable and DeAndre’ Bembry (hand), Alex Len (hip) and Jabari Parker (shoulder) out of the lineup.

As of Tuesday morning, the Hawks are installed as 12.5-point underdogs in this match-up, illustrating the perceived difficulty against a strong playoff team on the road. Atlanta has been playing better basketball, though, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to the challenge.

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: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET

Location: Scotiabank Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass