The Atlanta Hawks return home after a grueling six-game road trip and host the Philadelphia 76ers in a matchup that features a combined five-game losing streak.
Atlanta lost their last three on the road against the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, respectively, while Philly has lost two in a row versus Boston and in Washington. Atlanta is in danger of losing a season-long four straight games, meanwhile, Philadelphia is in jeopardy of posting their longest road skid in 25 seasons with 11 consecutive losses. Should make for an exciting game! …
The Hawks have been making headlines today with their transactions of waiving Jeremy Tyler, signing Shelvin Mack and recalling Mike Scott from the D-League. Mack and Scott will add much needed depth after Jeff Teague sprained his left ankle last game and Kyle Korver sat out with a toe injury. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles’) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore knees) also missed Monday’s game. Ivan Johson dislocated his left middle finger during play but stayed in.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #60, Home Game #29)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 7:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: DeShawn Stevenson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Jrue Holiday | SG: Royal Ivey | SF: Evan Turner | PF: Thaddeus Young | C: Spencer Hawes
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are out.
Philadelphia 76ers: Nick Young (left ankle sprain) is questionable. Andrew Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) and Jason Richardson (left knee surgery) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (33-26) … Philadelphia 76ers (23-36)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 3 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Lost 3 … Philadelphia 76ers –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 10
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (18-10) at home … 76ers are (6-20) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
Philadelphia 76ers: Cold.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks host the 76ers for the first time this year in the second-of-four contests between the clubs. Philadelphia took the first meeting 99-80 on 12/21. Josh Smith’s 17 points paced Atlanta, while Evan Turner scored 21 and Thaddeus Young had a double-double (18 points/11 rebounds) for the Sixers. Philadelphia returns to Philips Arena on 4/5 before hosting Atlanta again on 4/10 to finish the season series. The 76ers currently own a six-game winning streak against the Hawks and have taken two straight at Philips Arena. Atlanta’s last win in the series was a 93-88 home decision on 12/3/10. The Sixers lead the all-time series 158-157, while the Hawks hold a 96-51 edge in home games.
LAST MEETING — 76ERS 99, HAWKS 80 — WELLS FARGO CENTER — 12/21/12
The Hawks fell behind by 10 in the first quart but managed to cut it to 51-45 at halftime. Philadelphia pushed the lead to 72-56 in the third but Atlanta ended the period on an 8-0 run to make it 72-64 heading to the final frame. The 76ers opened the fourth on a 16-5 burst and were never threatened the rest of the night. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points, while Lou Williams scored 13 and Kyle Korver 11. Evan Turner paced five Philly players in double-figures with 21 points and Thaddeus Young recorded a doubledouble (18 points/11 rebounds). The 76ers had a 26-12 advantage in points off turnovers, while outscoring Atlanta 40-24 in the paint and 20-11 to in fast break points. For the game Philadelphia shot .512 from the field compared to .392 for the Hawks.
Lou Williams played 455 games for Philadelphia from 2005-12. Kyle Korver was with the 76ers for four-plus years (2003 through part of the 2007-08 season). Bob Bender is a former 76ers assistant coach. Lester Conner was associate head coach for the Sixers in 2004-05. Hawks assistant coach Bob Weiss was the 22nd overall pick in the 1965 NBA Draft by Philadelphia and played two seasons with the club. Damien Wilkins is the nephew of Hawks Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins, and spent 2010-11 with Atlanta. Royal Ivey was a second round pick of the Hawks in 2004 and played three years with the team. Thaddeus Young played college ball at Georgia Tech in 2006-07. Sixers associate head coach Michael Curry grew up in Augusta and attended Georgia Southern. Spencer Hawes is the nephew of Steve Hawes, who played for the Hawks from 1976-83. Kwame Brown played his high school ball at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, GA. Johan Petro and Wilkins were teammates with Seattle/Oklahoma City from 2005-09. DeShawn Stevenson and Nick Young played together with the Wizards (2007 through partof the 2009-10 season).
Information was used from the Hawks and 76ers official gamenotes