The Atlanta Hawks need to put the road trip behind them to take on Bucks

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks are on a six-game losing streak which started with the road game against the Brooklyn Nets and finished with the loss against the Denver Nuggets. Five of the six games were on the road against quality opposition while the sixth game was the second night of a back-to-back against the Utah Jazz. The schedule has not been kind to the Hawks so far this season.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The schedule eases up with the Hawks playing a lot more at home including the five-game home-stand they are about to start. The Hawks need to win these games to move back up out of 13th in the standings and it all starts with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Last season’s champions are coming to the end of their own five-game road trip and have split the previous four games with two wins and two losses. They are one of the surprises of the season so far which have helped the Hawks. They will be near the top of the Eastern Conference again and their poor start means the Hawks do not have to catch up as much.

The Atlanta Hawks need to put the last six games behind them

The best thing that the Hawks can do going into the Bucks game is to play it as the season has only just started. They will have all sorts of mental pressure on them to stop the losing streak but if they can put that to one side, then the game should be easier.

The Bucks were missing some big names last game with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, and Khris Middleton all missing. It is unlikely that Middleton will play in the Hawks game as he is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

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If the Bucks are still missing any of these players then this will be a benefit for the Hawks, meaning that they might finally catch a break. After playing some of the best teams in the NBA, mostly at full strength away, it would be nice to face a weakened opponent on their home floor.