The Hawks got Kyle Korver back on Monday after significant time missed and snapped their six-game losing skid in his return, and will look to put another check in the win column tonight when they host the playoff-bound Bulls.
Korver was out for six games — all losses — with lingering back spasms and made his return two nights ago at home versus the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s obviously a huge part to Atlanta’s success, as they’re are 1-9 without him this season. You could tell he wasn’t 100% on Monday and his stat line reflected as such with only 11 points on 16.7 percent shooting from 3-point range and 30 percent overall. His season-averages are 12 points per game on 48 percent from behind the arc and 48.3 percent overall — way above his marks against the 76ers.
Luckily, the Hawks were carried to victory on the backs on Paul Millsap and Lou Williams, who combined for 50 points. Millsap had a monster game with 28 points and 17 rebounds, while Lou finished with 22 points, along with five rebounds and five assists.
The win helped Atlanta maintain their one-game edge over New York for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They’re in position to extend the gap to two games with a win and a Knicks loss. However, if Atlanta losses to Chicago and New York wins at home vs. cross-borough rival Brooklyn tonight, both teams would be tied in the standings.
Chicago, meanwhile, is currently tied for 3rd place with Toronto, who lost Saturday at Miami.
The Bulls are coming off two straight wins over the Celtics in a back-to-back set.
However, Chicago is looking for their third straight win, as well as a season sweep over the Hawks.
This is the second-and-final meeting of the year between Bulls and Hawks. Chicago is up 3-0 and will try for a clean sweep tonight on the road at Philips Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).