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NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks (36-30) will take on one of the NBA’s best Wednesday evening when they take on the Phoenix Suns (47-18). Atlanta will have the rest advantage, as they were off on Tuesday while the Suns were in Cleveland getting an overtime victory over the Cavaliers.

The Hawks are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference as of Wednesday morning, and will look to clinch their first winning season since 2016-17. Atlanta ranks 12th in the NBA with a +1.2 net rating, ranking ninth in offense (113.6) and 21st in defense (112.4).

Phoenix is tied with the Utah Jazz for best record in the NBA coming into play, and have the second best net rating (+6.4) in the NBA. They rank seventh in offensive rating (+115.9), fifth in defense (109.5), and ride a five-game winning streak into Atlanta. The Suns are 22-9 on the road this season after win in Cleveland. Led by Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Phoenix is one of the best two-way teams in the league and presents a great challenge for opponents on each end of the floor.

The Hawks will have their hands full looking for their third straight win, but they have been playing some of their best basketball of the season of late, at least when they can get enough guys on the floor. Despite the constant injury woes, Atlanta has still been able to continue to roll off wins under Nate McMillan. Their record now sits at 22-10 since he took over in early March.

Injuries

For Atlanta, Bogdan Bogdanovic (left hamstring soreness) is probable, while De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) remain out.

Phoenix has been without Jae Crowder (ankle) and Adbel Nader (knee) for a while now and seems unlikely to get them back for Tuesday’s game. Additionally, while no injury report has been posted yet, it’s possible the Suns could look to rest some players on the second game of the back-to-back.

The Line

Phoenix sits as a two-point favorite as of early Wednesday morning, and likely will remain the favorite if they don’t rest anyone. As one of the top road teams in the league, and top teams overall, the Suns are a formidable opponent regardless of rest.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

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

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

Streaming: Bally Sports App