Atlanta Hawks Game Preview: Second Battle vs. Pelicans

A quick preview of the Atlanta Hawks upcoming game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

For the second and final time this month, the Atlanta Hawks will play against the New Orleans Pelicans. This time, however, the Hawks will face off against the Pels on the road.

Last time these two teams met, the Hawks cruised to a 128-116 victory, despite one of Trae Young’s worst games of the past 4 months. Young had a putrid shooting night of 2 for 14 from the field, though he still managed to nab yet another points/assists double-double – a rather routing occurrence for him.

The slack was picked up by Kevin Huerter, who finished the night 2 points off his career-high with 27 points on 11 of 18 shooting in just over 30 minutes of action. Huerter was 4 of 7 from deep, but he was also efficient from two-point range, going 7 of 11 from there – an encouraging sign for a player that has had some struggles in the paint and around the rim this year.

Red Pepper also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal and was a +7 in on/off rating – the highest number among the Atlanta Hawks starters.

The Hawks were also buoyed by strong play from their bench, including Dewayne Dedmon. The regular starter was returning from an injury, so he was on a minutes limit, but DD finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds in those 20 minutes and his +26 on/off rating was the highest on the team.

Kent Bazemore was also very effective in 22 minutes off the bench, with a typically quiet, do-everything stat line of 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists on 5 of 10 shooting.

For the Pels, Anthony Davis was limited to only 21 minutes due to his unusual situation after the failed trade request, but he was typically dominant: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 assists and +2 on/off rating – one of only three positive ratings that any member of the Pels had in this game.

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Tip-off for this contest is 8:00 p.m. EST.


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