January 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) shoots the ball during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Hawks vs Jazz: Game Preview

The Atlanta Hawks will link up with the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City for what looks to be a close matchup. The Hawks were not the only ones with rumors surrounding their very talented power forward. Despite many trade rumors, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson remain with the Jazz as they look to push towards making the playoffs for the second straight year.

Today is the 30th birthday of Hawks point guard Devin Harris. He was traded to Atlanta for Marvin Williams this past offseason. To this point, it looks like the Hawks won that trade. Arguably, Marvin is having his worst season as an NBA player. He is rebounding and scoring less than ever by averaging only 8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 25.4 minutes of play per game.

Atlanta and Utah duals have provided some classics in recent clashes, including a 4 OT thriller in Philips last season. Utah is coming off of a tough loss to Boston and will be looking to exercise some vengeance to avoid a three game losing streak.

Mo Williams and Raja Bell have been ruled out for tonight’s game, which will force Randy Foye into starting point guard duty. The Jazz are very post heavy with Millsap, Jefferson, Atlanta-native Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Millsap and Jefferson contribute over 32 point and 16 rebounds combined, each in over 30 minutes a game. Despite their downfalls defensively, they are one of few big men duos that can match Al Horford and Josh Smith offensively.

In most of the major statistical areas, the Jazz are average to above average. They rarely excel in a certain category, however, like they Hawks, they are in the top five in assist percentage. This is especially impressive because of their recent point guard issues since the departure of Deron Williams. There is a good chance the Hawks can extend their winning streak by attacking in transition and overwhelming the Jazz with their longrange weapons. It will most likely be another thriller.

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