Hawks vs Heat: Game Thread - First Place in Southeast Division on the Line Tonight

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The Atlanta Hawks are taking their talents to South Beach tonight to square off with the Miami Heat in a bout for first place in the Southeast division.

Atlanta (6-4) has won two straight games, while Miami (7-3) is riding a three-game hot streak. Both teams are averaging 15.0 points per victory during their respected spans.

However, both teams will be short-handed tonight as starting power forward Paul Millsap is out for Atlanta and star shooting guard Dwyane Wade is out for Miami.

Millsap has elbow tendinitis, while Wade is out again due to knee-related problems. Gustavo Ayon will replace Millsap and James Jones will replace Wade.

Not only will the Hawks be looking to capture the lead in the division tonight, they’ll aslo be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak currently going against the defending champs.

 

Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat

What?: Battle for Division Lead (Game #11, Road Game #7)

Where?: AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, FL)

When?: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)

How?: NBA TV

 

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Gustavo Ayon | C: Al Horford

Miami Heat:

PG: Mario Chalmers | SG: James Jones | SF: Shane Battier | PF: LeBron James | C: Chris Bosh

 

Injury Report

Atlanta Hawks: Paul Millsap (right elbow tendinitis) is out.

Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade (knee sore) and Greg Oden are out.

 

Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Atlanta Hawks (6-4) / Miami Heat (7-3)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 2 | HOME: Won 1 | ROAD: Won 2                              Miami Heat –> OVERALL: Won 3 | HOME: Won 2 | ROAD: Won 2

Home/Away Records: Heat are (5-1) at home / Hawks are (3-3) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks have won two straight games by an average of 15.0 points per victory, but are owned by the Heat as they’ve lost the last seven in a row to Miami.

Miami Heat: Hot. The Heat are starting to gain a rhythm and have won their last three consecutive games. As mentioned above, they’ve also owned the Hawks lately with a current seven-game win streak riding.

 

Season/Past Season Series

Atlanta visits Miami for the first-of-four contests this season. The teams will meet again at Miami on 12/23 and at Philips Arena on 1/20 and 4/12. The Heat swept the 2012-13 season series 4-0. The Heat currently own a seven-game winning streak against the Hawks, including three straight at home. The Heat took the last contest in Miami 98-81 on 3/12/13. Atlanta’s most recent victory was a 100-92 triumph in Miami on 1/2/12. The Heat lead the all-time series 55-40, including a 35-13 mark at Miami.

 

Common Threads

Udonis Haslem played for the Hawks summer league squad in 2002. Al Horford’s father Tito starred at University of Miami (1986-88). Miami assistant coach David Fizdale was on the Hawks’ coaching staff from 2004-08, and Heat assistant Ron Rothstein is also a former Hawks assistant and scout. Chris Bosh played at Georgia Tech in 2002-03. Shelvin Mack, Rashard Lewis and Roger Mason Jr. played together with Washington in 2011-12. DeMarre Carroll and Chris Andersen were both with Denver for part of 2011-12. Carroll and Shane Battier were traded for one another on 2/24/11 (Carroll, Hasheem Thabeet and a draft pick to Houston for Battier and Ish Smith).

Information provided from the Hawks and Heat official gamenotes.

 

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