With a 4-1 start under their belt, no one expected the Atlanta Hawks to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, Jan. 11 with a 4-5 overall record. That is the setup, however, as the Hawks will be looking to stop a four-game losing streak when Doc Rivers and company arrive on Monday evening.
The injury report is (again) quite busy for Atlanta on Monday, starting with the continued absences of Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn and Onyeka Okongwu. From there, Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) is out after leaving Saturday’s game with injury and receiving a diagnosis that includes an avulsion fracture and bone bruise. Four players are officially listed as probable, headlined by Trae Young with what the Hawks are calling “right wrist soreness.” Kevin Huerter (left ankle soreness), Bruno Fernando (left hip soreness) and Tony Snell (right foot inflammation) are also probable.
Philadelphia is dealing with its own roster issues, though, as the 76ers took the court with only eight active players on Saturday, deploying only a seven-man rotation in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. The NBA’s health and safety protocols are at the forefront for the 76ers and, in official terms, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Vincent Poirier are ruled out under that umbrella.
Ben Simmons is also out with a knee issue, with Terrance Ferguson out for personal reasons and Furkan Korkmaz sidelined with an adductor strain. Joel Embiid and Mike Scott are listed as probable, which allows (for now) the Sixers to stay above the eight-player threshold needed to begin an NBA game. Still, Philadelphia projects to have only nine healthy players, three of which are centers.
If nothing else, the roster availability sets up an odd contest and more uncertainty arrives as a result. It will be interesting to see how the Hawks bounce back from another frustrating defeat, but the Sixers are also nowhere near full strength, providing a winnable situation for the home team.
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Game Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 11, 7:30 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)