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Preview: Hawks visit Magic on back-to-back

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In the team’s final game of 2019, Brandon Goodwin stole the show in leading the Atlanta Hawks to an unexpected road win over the Orlando Magic. Six weeks later, the same two teams will square off at the Amway Center in central Florida, with the Hawks aiming to build on a double-overtime victory secured on Sunday evening in Atlanta.

Given the marathon-like nature of Atlanta’s win over the New York Knicks, tired legs could be expected from the Hawks on the second night of a back-to-back. In addition, the Magic were not in action on Sunday, playing a home game on Saturday and enjoying a breather.

With that as the backdrop, the Magic enter Monday’s game as 8.5-point favorites to topple the Hawks, though injuries could play a significant role in the proceedings. On the Orlando side, Jonathan Isaac, DJ Augustin and Al-Farouq Aminu are out, though that has been a constant for the last month or so. For Atlanta, the injury report has been quite full in recent days and that continues here.

On the bright side, Trae Young is off the injury report entirely after dealing with ankle issues in recent days. Still, the Hawks will continue to be without Clint Capela and Skal Labissiere, with DeAndre’ Bembry listed as doubtful. Cam Reddish, who has missed four straight games with a concussion, has been upgraded to questionable, but De’Andre Hunter is also listed as questionable as he deals with a left ankle problem.

Things could be fluid based on who plays for the Hawks but, with Atlanta entering the night 1-8 in the second game of back-to-back sets, Lloyd Pierce and company could be fighting an uphill battle.

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: Monday, Feb. 10, 7:00 pm ET

Location: Amway Center

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass