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Preview: Hawks look for a victory in Phoenix

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks (23-23) will take on the Phoenix Suns (31-14) Tuesday evening, looking to get back into the win column after a rough showing vs. the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Suns represent a tough test themselves, as they currently sit as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference standings.

The Hawks currently sit as the No. 6 seed in the East, with a 2-3 start to the road trip. Atlanta has games left against the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs following their battle with the Suns before returning home.

Phoenix ranks third in the NBA with a +6.4 net rating. They play a methodical pace with Chris Paul and Devin Booker at the helm, but are quite efficient on both ends of the floor.

The Hawks rank 10th in the NBA with a +1.3 net rating, remaining a team who is more efficient on the offensive end than on defense.

Both the Suns and the Hawks are 7-3 across their last 10 games, while Atlanta has lost three of four after an eight-game winning streak.

Phoenix has firmly been one of the best teams in the NBA this season following the additions of Paul and Jae Crowder in the off-season, and they have been a good fit along with Booker, Mikal Bridges, DeAndre Ayton and the rest of their existing core.


As far as injuries are concerned, De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) is questionable, while Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) are out for the Hawks.

Phoenix will be nearly at full strength, with only Abdel Nader slated to miss the game.

The Line

Atlanta opens as 6.5-point underdogs in Phoenix, which comes as no surprise given the Suns’ top-three overall record. The status of Hunter may move the line a little bit, but look for Phoenix to be favored in this range come tip off either way.

The over/under for this game opened at 221.5 points as of Tuesday morning.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Mar. 30, 10:00 pm ET

Location: Phoenix Suns Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go