Basketball is back baby!
The Atlanta Hawks tip-off the 2013-14 NBA season in Dallas against the Mavericks tonight at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
Atlanta comes into the season with a drastically different roster than last year. Native son Josh Smith is gone and now in Detroit; fan favorite Zaza Pachulia followed former head coach Larry Drew to Milwaukee; new additions Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll were imported from Utah; but thankfully Al Horford and Jeff Teague remain a constant. The Hawks also re-signed sharpshooter Kyle Korver to keep some sort of consistency in the lineup.
Dallas also comes into the season with a couple of new pieces as they revamped their backcourt with free agents Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis, while Mavs mainstay Dirk Nowitzki enters his 16th season with the team.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks
What?: Opening Night (Game #1, Road Game #1)
Where?: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)
When?: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 8:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 92.9 FM “The Game”
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Al Horford
PG: Jose Calderon | SG: Monta Ellis | SF: Shawn Marion | PF: Dirk Nowitzki | C: Samuel Dalembert
Atlanta Hawks: Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder injury) and Lou Williams (right knee rehabilitation) are out.
Dallas Mavericks: Devin Harris (left foot surgery), Shane Larkin (fractured right ankle) and Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder) are out.
Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (0-0) / Dallas Mavericks (0-0)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 0 | HOME: Won 0 | ROAD: Won 0 Dallas Mavericks –> OVERALL: Lost 0 | HOME: Lost 0 | ROAD: Lost 0
Home/Away Records: Mavericks are (0-0) at home / Hawks are (0-0) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks are coming off a 1-6 record in exhibition play, which includes five straight losses capped off by a 98-88 defeat in Dallas for the preseason finale.
Dallas Mavericks: Lukewarm. The Mavericks went 4-4 in preseason play, but got whopped by the Pacers 98-77 in the finale.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks travel to Dallas to open the regular season in a rematch of each team’s final preseason matchup. The clubs will meet once more during 2013-14 regular season at Philips Arena on 11/29. The 2012-13 season series resulted in a 1-1 split with each team winning on the road. Dallas took the last contest 127-113 on 3/18/13 in Atlanta, with the last Hawks victory coming on 2/11/13 in a 105-101 triumph in Dallas. Atlanta leads the all-time series 33-31 (15-17 on the road).
Shane Larkin was originally selected by Atlanta in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, before being dealt to Dallas on draft night in exchange for draft rights to Lucas Nogueira (16th selection) and Mike Muscala (44th pick), as well as Jared Cunningham. Cunningham (eight games) and Elton Brand (72 contests) played for the Mavericks last season. Devin Harris saw action in 58 games for Atlanta last year. Jae Crowder is a native of Villa Rica, GA, while Bernard James hails from Savannah, GA. Brand (2008-10), Kyle Korver (2003-part of 07-08) and Lou Williams (2005-10) were all teammates with Samuel Dalembert in Philadelphia, while Dalembert, Monta Ellis and Gustavo Ayon played together in Milwaukee for part of last year. Paul Millsap and Harris were teammates with Utah (2010-12). DeJuan Blair played for San Antonio from 2009-13 while Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was an assistant on the Spurs’ bench. Cartier Martin and Ellis teamed-up with Golden State for part of the 2009-10 season
Information was used from the Hawks and Mavericks official gamenotes