Coming off of a much need win on Tuesday night at Philips Arena against the Phoenix Suns, the (38-36) Atlanta Hawks are back on the road in Philadelphia to face the (28-46) 76ers on Wednesday March 29th.
The Atlanta Hawks had lost seven in a row before their big win last night and with Paul Millsap, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Dunleavy Jr. all out tonight in Philly, the young Atlanta Hawks (Prince, Hardaway Jr, Schroder) must continue to step up and make plays. In two straight starts, rookie Taurean Prince has performed well and is making huge strides on the defensive end of the game. Hawks guard Kent Bazemore has missed the last few games but he is expected to return to the lineup tonight. Tonight former Sixer now Atlanta Hawks big man Ersan Ilyosova will face his old team who comes into the game with their own injury issues.
The Sixers are coming off of a victory against the Brooklyn Nets last night but several of their key players are out with injuries. Rookie of the year candidate Joel Embiid and fellow rookie Ben Simmons will not be in action and it is unknown if Jahlil Okafor will suit up. Sixers rookie Dario Saric has played well this season and former Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter is now a Sixer and he saw his first action on Tuesday night. Sixers coach Brett Brown and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has a history as they both came up as coaches on San Antonio’s staff. The Hawks are looking to close out the year strong and the Sixers are playing spoiler as they will have a lottery pick this Summer and miss the 2017 playoffs.
Tonight’s matchup in Philadelphia is the first of three upcoming road game for the Atlanta Hawks. Following tonight’s game the Hawks will play back to back on Saturday and Sunday versus the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets before returning home next week. If your in the Atlanta area you can watch the game on Fox Sports South or listen to the game on the radio at 92.9 the game. Stay tuned to HHS1987 for more NBA news. Follow @eldorado2452 on Twitter and Instagram for all your Atlanta Hawks, NBA and sports news.
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