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Preview: Hawks begin home back-to-back vs. Spurs

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The Atlanta Hawks (11-13) host the San Antonio Spurs (14-11) Friday evening in what will be the first of a home back-to-back this weekend. They will take on the Indiana Pacers Saturday evening. Atlanta suffered a gut-wrenching loss in Dallas Wednesday evening, with a controversial final possession not going in the Hawks favor.

The Hawks will look to get back into the win column vs. a Spurs team that is, unsurprisingly, playing good basketball. Led by Demar DeRozan and Lamarcus Aldridge, San Antonio also has a nice nucleus of young talent that includes Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker, Derrick White and rookie Devin Vassell.

DeRozan is quietly having an outstanding campaign, averaging 20.2 points and 6.7 assists while posting a 4.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Spurs are 7-3 on the road (7-8 at home) this season, and are winners of six of their last ten contests overall. They currently sit as the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Atlanta is now just 4-6 over their last ten games, as the injury bug continues to bite. They sit as the 8th seed in the East, just one game ahead of the New York Knicks. Despite being 11th in the NBA in net rating (14th in offense, 13th in defense), the Hawks are now two games below .500.

The Spurs on the other hand, are 21st in the NBA with a -1.3 net rating, yet sit three games above the .500 mark. San Antonio ranks 23rd in offensive rating and 8th on the defensive end.

In the injury department, De’Andre Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Kris Dunn remain out for Atlanta. Rajon Rondo (low back pain) will also miss his second consecutive game.

For the Spurs, there is one injury but it is quite notable. Aldridge (hip) was ruled out for at least four-to-five days due to a “pain-reducing injection” on Feb. 9. That injury was backed up on San Antonio’s official injury report released on Thursday, and Aldridge will miss Friday evening’s contest against the Hawks.

An interesting Alridge note is that the Spurs are +2.6 with Aldridge off the floor and -6.9 with him on. So, him being out may actually hurt the Hawks this evening.

For those whom it may concern, Atlanta is currently a 2-point favorite over San Antonio at most books. Stay tuned for full coverage this evening.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 12, 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