Atlanta Hawks (49-27) Charlotte Bobcats (40-36) Game Preview

Tuesday April 6, 2010

Atlanta Hawks (49-27) Charlotte Bobcats (40-36)

Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena

Time: 7:00pm ET

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 790TheZoneNBA Audio League Pass


Previous Match Ups

11/06/2009 Bobcats 103 Hawks 83 – Recap

01/22/2010 Hawks 103 Bobcats 89 – Recap

03/19/2010 Hawks 93 Bobcats 92 – Recap

Hawks – Probable Starters

PG – Mike Bibby

SG – Joe Johnson

SF – Marvin Williams

PF – Josh Smith

C – Al Horford

Bobcats – Probable Starters

PG – Raymond Felton

SG – Stephen Jackson

SF – Gerald Wallace

PF – Boris Diaw

C – Theo Ratliff

Injury Report

Hawks – Joe Johnson – Thumb (Out)

Bobcats – Nazr Mohammed – Back (Day to Day)

Theo Ratliff – Personal (Day to Day)

Stephen Jackson – Hamstring (Day to Day)

DeSagana Diop – Head (Day to Day)

Alexis Ajinca – Thumb (Out Indefinitely)

Hawks Blog Roll

Hoopinion

Peachtree Hoops

Hawks Blog – AJC.com

Hawks Str8talk

The Vent

Bobcats  Blog Roll

Queen City Hoops

Rufus on Fire

Game Thoughts

The last time these two teams met the Hawks won in overtime thanks to a Joe Johnson jump shot at the Buzzer. Joe won’t be available tonight as he is nursing a sore thumb. The Hawks look to snap a four game road losing streak against a Bobcats team that trails Milwaukee by two games for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

This will be a tough game for the Hawks due to the Bobcats ability to clamp down defensively. In the last match up, Coach Woodson threw a few wrinkles at his old mentor Larry Brown by employing a full court trap with his second unit and it was the first time in a long time that the Hawks didn’t just switch every screen exclusively. Something to watch tonight is if the Hawks continue to mix things up or play the game a little more straight forward.

Mo Evans is expected to get the start for Joe Johnson but expect heavy minutes from Jamal Crawford once again. A win would give the Hawks fifty for the season for the first time in over ten years. It also would improve the Hawks record within the division which coming in to tonight is the second worst record among division teams bettering only Washington.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats

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