The short-handed Atlanta Hawks go on the road to the bright lights and big city of the Big Apple tonight as they square off against the New York Knicks in The World’s Most Famous Arena.
Despite playing without two key players in Lou Williams and Anthony Morrow the Hawks are riding a three-game win streak for the first time in a month, while the Knicks have been looking very shaky recently losing five of their last eight games overall.
New York got the better of Atlanta last year winning two-of-three games in the season series with the Knicks taking the deciding victory by a close 113-112 margin in Philips Arena. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 39 points in the win including NY’s final five points to seal the win.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #44, Road Game #22)
Where?: Madison Square Garden (Manhattan, NY)
When?: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 – 6:30 PM (ET)
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
New York Knicks:
PG: Jason Kidd | SG: Raymond Felton | SF: Iman Shumpert | PF: Carmelo Anthony | C: Tyson Chandler
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) are out.
New York Knicks: Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) and Marcus Camby (strained left plantar fascia) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (25-18) … New York Knicks (26-15)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 3 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Won 1 … New York Knicks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (10-11) on the road … Knicks are (14-6) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Hot. Atlanta seems to be getting back on track as they have won three games in a row for the first time in a month, including one hell of a comeback victory against the Celtics on Friday night when Atlanta erased a 27-point deficit to beat Boston 123-111 in 2OT.
New York Knicks: Lukewarm. The Knicks seem to be falling back to earth racking up just three wins in the last eight games overall, most recently getting pounded by Philly last night 97-80.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks head to The Big Apple for the first time this year in the first-of-three showdowns with the Knicks. New York comes to Philips Arena on 4/3 before hosting Atlanta again on 4/17 to closeout the season series. The Knicks took last year’s series, 2-1, including the last meeting, a 113-112 decision at Philips Arena on 4/22/12. Atlanta has dropped two straight road games in the series with their last win in New York coming on 11/27/10 (99-90). The Hawks lead the all-time series 184-165 (59-86 on the road).
Hawks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson spent the last four years as a Knicks assistant. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson served as the Hawks’ coach from 2004-10, compiling 206 wins. Rasheed Wallace played one game for Atlanta in 2003-04. Knicks assistant coach Jim Todd is a former Hawks assistant. Tyson Chandler was a teammate of Jannero Pargo (Hornets 2006-08). DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Kidd, Steve Novak and Chandler all played together with Dallas in 2010-11. Johan Petro, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith were all teammates in Denver (part of 2008-09 and 2009-10). Petro and Kurt Thomas played together with Seattle in 2007-08. Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer teamed-up in Utah (part of 2007-08-through-part of 2009 10). Pargo and Chandler were teammates for parts of three seasons in Chicago (2003-06). Iman Shumpert played his college ball at Georgia Tech.
Information was used from the Hawks and Knicks official gamenotes