Dec 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) drives past Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Hawks vs Bobcats: Game Thread - Atlanta Looks for Fourth Straight Win

Game Preview

The slumping Atlanta Hawks are trying to rebound from losing 14 times in their last 15 games, and have done a nice of doing so recently, winning three games in a row. The Hawks will look to make it four straight wins tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

This is the third-of-four meetings between Atlanta and Charlotte this season. The Hawks lead the series 2-0. They beat the Bobcats 103-94 in Charlotte back in November and won 118-116 in a thrilling overtime game at home in Atlanta on Dec. 28.

If the Hawks could beat the Bobcats again tonight, it would be the 11th straight win over Charlotte in the all-time series. Atlanta swept the Bobcats 4-0 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.

A victory would also give them a season-best fourth straight win while gaining a game in the standings on the Bobcats, who are just ahead of them in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Atlanta (29-35) is currently eighth in the East and sits 2.5 games behind Charlotte (33-34).

 

Quick Facts

Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Bobcats

What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game #65, Road Game #35)

Where?: Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC)

When?: Monday, March 17, 2014 – 7:00 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HD TV / 92.9 FM

 

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks:

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Pero Antic

Charlotte Bobcats:

PG: Kemba Walker | SG: Gerald Henderson | SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | PF: Josh McRoberts | C: Al Jefferson

 

Injury Report

Atlanta Hawks: Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder surgery), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and John Jenkins (lower back surgery) are out.

Charlotte Bobcats: Brendan Haywood (stress fracture and) Jeffery Taylor (ruptured right Achilles tendon) are out.

 

Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Atlanta Hawks (29-35) / Charlotte Bobcats (33-34)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 3 | HOME: Won 2 | ROAD: Won 1                        Charlotte Bobcats –> OVERALL: Won 4 | HOME: Won 8 | ROAD: Won 2

Home/Away Records: Bobcats are (19-14) at home / Hawks are (11-23) on the road.

Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. After a terrible 1-14 stretch, the Hawks are starting to right the ship and have won the last three games in a row, tying a season-high.

Charlotte Bobcats: Hot. The Bobcats have won eight straight at home, including wins against Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Pacers in that span.

 

Series Notes/Past Series Notes

The Hawks travel to Charlotte for the second-and-final time in the third-of-four contests between the teams. Atlanta defeated the Bobcats in the first two meetings, winning 103-94 at Charlotte on 11/11 and claiming a 118-116 victory on 12/28 at Philips Arena. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.0 points and 10.5 assists against the Bobcats this season. Al Jefferson is averaging 17.0 points and 15.0 rebounds against Atlanta this year. The clubs will close the series on 4/14 in the Hawks’ home finale. Atlanta owns a 10-game win-streak in the series, including five straight in Charlotte. The Bobcats last defeated the Hawks on 4/13/11 (96-85) in Charlotte. Atlanta leads the all-time series 22-16 (8-11 on the road).

 

Common Threads

Bobcats Assistant Bob Weiss is former Hawks Assistant and Head Coach, compiling a 124-122 record as the head man. Jannero Pargo spent parts of two seasons with Atlanta (2011-13). Anthony Tolliver was a Hawk in 2012-13, seeing action in 62 games. Bobcats Assistant Mark Price is former Hawks Assistant Coach and played his college ball at Georgia Tech. John Jenkins and Jeff Taylor were college teammates at Vanderbilt. Paul Millsap (2010-13), DeMarre Carroll (2011-13) and Al Jefferson (2010-13) were all teammates with Utah. Tolliver (2008-09) and Gary Neal (2010-13) played for San Antonio while Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was an assistant on the Spurs’ bench. Darvin Ham coached Josh McRoberts as an Assistant with the Lakers in 2011-12. Gustavo Ayon and McRoberts both played for Orlando for part of 2012-13.

Information was used from the Hawks and Bobcats official gamenotes

 

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