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Preview: Hawks host Nets in third meeting of 2020-21 season

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Led by Trae Young and a second half surge, the Atlanta Hawks picked up a victory on Tuesday evening, improving to 9-8 on the season. Lloyd Pierce’s team must turn around in short order, however, as the Hawks welcome the Brooklyn Nets to State Farm Arena the very next night.

Brooklyn arrives on regular rest for Wednesday’s tilt after knocking off the Miami Heat on Monday evening. While the Hawks and Nets split a pair of meetings earlier this season, Brooklyn looks a bit different this time around after acquiring James Harden in a four-team mega-deal. Harden is joined by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to form a devastating offensive trio and, from an injury standpoint, only Spencer Dinwiddie (who is out for the season) and Nicolas Claxton (who has not played in 2020-21) are officially listed for Brooklyn in this match-up.

At the very least, it will be a substantial challenge for Atlanta’s defense to slow Brooklyn’s offense, and it is intriguing to see how the Hawks handle the task. The Hawks do have potential advantages on the other end, though, with the Nets having some defensive weaknesses to potentially exploit.

As usual this season, Atlanta’s injury report is busy for this game, and the nature of a back-to-back lends even more uncertainty to the proceedings. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kris Dunn remain out of action, and Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) is listed as probable for the Hawks. From there, Clint Capela (right hand soreness), Cam Reddish (right Achilles tightness) and Rajon Rondo (left ankle sprain) are all listed as questionable, with the rotation potentially shifting dramatically as a result of their availability.

The Hawks are currently 6.5-point betting underdogs in Wednesday’s game. That illustrates Brooklyn’s impressive roster talent and, at the same time, the rest advantage for the visitors certainly plays a role in assigning the point spread projection.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 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)