The Atlanta Hawks will be on the road for the second game of a back-to-back set, squaring off against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in The Big Easy tonight.
The Hawks look to rebound in New Orleans after losing a hard fought home game last night against the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers. It was the first time the Pacers won in Atlanta since 2006. They had previously lost the last 12 straight regular-season meetings in Philips Arena.
Paul Millsap, who was recently selected as an Eastern Conference all-star reserve by NBA coaches, struggled mightily against Indiana and finished the game with only seven points on 2-of-11 shooting. He had previously scored 20 points or more in seven of the last 10 games.
But it wasn’t Millsap’s fault he had such a bad game, it was Indiana’s fault… because they are really, really good. Apparently, they’re his kryptonite. In two games against the Pacers this season, Millsap has combined for just 11 points on 3-of-21 shooting. Yeah, unreal.
But Millsap should have a better game tonight against the Pelicans, a much less physical team than the Pacers. The only real threat New Orleans has is Anthony Davis, who is averaging 20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and a league-leading 3.4 blocks per game.
Davis had a tough matchup last night, going against future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. The second-year center scored 17 points and grabbed 16 boards, but missed 15-of-21 shots in the game. You can credit Davis’ poor shooting game to Duncan and San Antonio’s defensive prowess.
Hopefully the Hawks can slow down Davis like the Spurs did, while Millsap bounces back and pummels the Pelicans.