Who?: Atlanta Hawks (5th in the East) vs. the Dallas Mavericks (7th in the West)
What?: Inter-conference battle against defending champs (Game #66; Home game #33)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia)
When?: Thursday April 26 at 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
How?: Atlanta - SportSouth HD (TV) & 98.9 FM // Televised nationally on ESPN
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kirk Hinrich | SF: Joe Johnson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Jason Collins
PG: Rodrigue Beabouis | SG: Delonte West | SF: Shawn Marion | PF: Dirk Nowitzki | C: Brendan Haywood
Injury/ Inactive Players Report:
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (sprained left foot; day to day), Jannero Pargo (stiff back; doubtful), Al Horford (torn pectoral muscle; out)
Dallas Mavericks: Jason Kidd (rest; out)
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:
Records: The Atlanta Hawks are (39-26). The Dallas Mavericks are (36-29)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks- OVERALL: Won 1/ HOME: Won 1/ AWAY: Lost 1
Dallas Mavericks- OVERALL: Lost 1/ HOME: Won 3/ AWAY: Lost 1
Away/Home Records: The Atlanta Hawks are (22-10) at home. The Dallas Mavericks are (13-19) on the road.
Against +/- .500: The Hawks are (13-21) against teams over .500 this season. The Mavericks are (13-17) against teams over .500 this season.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Beating the Clippers on Tuesday night was a nice win, but I can’t shake the sour taste of Sunday’s loss out of my mouth. The team is trending upwards, though.
Dallas Mavericks: Cold. They lost their last game to the Bulls and that was four days ago. They might be fresh coming into tonight’s game, but they might be rusty, too.
Season/ Past Season Series:
This is the first and only time the Mavericks play the Hawks this season, thanks in large part to the condensed schedule.
The Mavericks won both meetings last year, beating the Hawks 98-93 in a nail-biter on November 20, 2010 and beating them again 102-91 on January 29, 2011. The Hawks got a nice lift from rookie Jordan Crawford in the second game, who exploded for 11 third quarter points. He was traded shortly after to the Washington Wizards, along with Mike Bibby Mo Evans, and a first round pick for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.
It’s the last game of the regular season and a win guarantees home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs, which start on Sunday for the Hawks. An Atlanta loss and a Boston win would give the Celtics home court advantage. The Celtics play the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
With Jason Kidd sitting, it’s very possible that the Mavericks offense will be a little out of sorts, but the young Rodrigue Beabouis has shown random flashes of brilliance when on the court. Regardless, the Dallas starters likely won’t log major minutes as they’re locked into the seventh spot in the West. They might look to give their bench a good run for the last game of the season.
Speaking of bench play, the Hawks will be without their primary bench gunner, Jannero Pargo. His absence won’t have a major impact on the game as Willie Green will take on the role of “let’s see if he’s hot tonight” guy. Marvin Williams has been playing a lot better since coming off the bench, so hopefully he continues to build upon his last two performances.
Overall though, I’m not too concerned as to whether we win this game or not. The Hawks know what’s ahead and are preparing for it as we speak, a loss tonight won’t hinder that. Still, I’ve always preferred winning to losing just like everybody else, and it sure would be nice to have home court against Boston.
Topics: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brendan Haywood, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Delonte West, Dirk Nowitzki, Hilton Armstrong, Jannero Pargo, Jason Collins, Jason Kidd, Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Jordan Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich, Los Angeles Clippers, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Mo Evans, Philips Arena, Rodrigue Beabouis, Shawn Marion, Willie Green, Zaza Pachulia