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Preview: Hawks host Celtics in rubber match

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The Atlanta Hawks suffered a brutal loss on Tuesday evening, yielding to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final seconds. While that result looms, the Hawks have little time to press the reset button, as the team returns home to Atlanta to host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening.

This is the third meeting in eight days between the Hawks and the Celtics, with the two teams splitting a pair of matchups in Boston. Atlanta won the first tilt and, after digging a massive hole in the follow-up, the Hawks played well in the second half to threaten the Celtics.

Beyond that, both teams are coming off losses on Tuesday, and this is the second night of a back-to-back on both sides. Injuries also loom for the Hawks and the Celtics, as Boston continues to operate without Marcus Smart. Kemba Walker is also not expected to play, as the veteran guard is not playing back-to-backs for Boston to this point in the calendar.

On the Atlanta side, De’Andre Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kris Dunn remain sidelined. From there, John Collins (concussion evaluation) is officially listed as questionable, and he is within the 24-hour period of being evaluated by medical personnel. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is listed as doubtful after missing Tuesday’s game in Cleveland.

At present, the Hawks are small underdogs in the betting market, illustrating the potential challenge of this matchup. Still, Boston is just 5-10 in their last 15 games, and this is a winnable spot for Atlanta if they can put together a complete, 48-minute effort.

Stay tuned for full coverage throughout the evening.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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