Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks Preview
In a matchup of two of the worst NBA teams this season, the Golden State Warriors will head East tonight for an interconference matchup with the Atlanta Hawks for the first in a two-game series this season.
The Warriors, who have been decimated by injuries this season, are having one of the biggest negative turnarounds likely in NBA history. They are dead last at 15th in the Western Conference with a 4-17 record. They enter tonight’s game in Atlanta having lost their last two straight and losing two of their last 10 games. The road has also not been kind to Golden State as they are just 2-7 in away games.
Atlanta hasn’t fared much better. They are tied for 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-16 record. The Hawks have also lost their last ten games, a skid they’ll hope to put a stop to tonight at State Farm Arena, where they are 2-7 this season.
Any other year and this would be a nice matchup between point guards Stephen Curry and Trae Young, who both seem to have limitless range, but that matchup may have to wait.
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Channel: NBCSBA, FSSE-ATL
Warriors: Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, Draymond Green (O)
Hawks: Kevin Huerter (O), Allen Crabbe, Cam Redish (DTD)
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
While Florida may be known for sunny weather and fun vacations, Golden State’s trip to the Sunshine State didn’t end as hoped. They were blown out by the Heat 122-105 on Friday, and then yesterday, they had a 100-96 loss against the Orlando Magic.
Warriors veteran Draymond Green played just 23 minutes and has been limited since returning from injury. He is not expected to play tonight.
“I don’t think we need to play him big, heavy minutes in a season like this where we’re obviously playing for the future,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “But he needs to be on the floor to help guide these young players. We have to find a balance for him to make an impact on this team, but not wear him down at the same time.”
One of the few shining lights in this Warriors season has been the play of rookie forward Eric Paschall. He played very well in Green’s absence but was moved to the bench when he returned until recently when Kerr realized Paschall was better starting next to Green, even if the players are very similar.
In the loss against the Magic, Paschall scored 17 points. Glenn Robinson III also had a big game with 19 points and Alec Burks and Ky Bowman had 15 and 12 points apiece as they nearly pulled off the comeback against Orlando.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
To say the Atlanta Hawks are struggling is an understatement. Trae Young was injured earlier in the season, and John Collins is currently serving a suspension, so the two most exciting pieces of Atlanta’s future have not had the opportunity to play together much this season.
That hasn’t kept Young from going off offensively as he did on Saturday against the Houston Rockets. He scored 37 points, but the Rockets got out to an early lead, scoring 81 first-half points.
“I guess it was good individually,” Young said recently. “But people who know me know I don’t care at all (about individual statistics). If we don’t win, none of that matters. I didn’t do enough.”
The Hawks struggled to defend James Harden, who was just shy of a career-high with 60 points. Unfortunately for the Hawks, aside from Young, only three others managed double figures. Rookie De’Andre Hunter had 14 points, Jabari Parker added 11 and Alex Len came off the bench for 12 points.
Key Player Matchups
Glenn Robinson III vs. De’Andre Hunter
In a matchup of two young small forwards, this is about as even as a matchup can get. Robinson likely hasn’t played up to the Warriors’ expectations this season, especially with the opportunities he’s had with all the injuries. He’s averaging 11.9 points per game, but he’s had 17 or more points in three of five games this month. The Warriors will look to him to defend on the rookie and don’t be surprised if Kerr switches him off on Young if he gets hot.
Ky Bowman vs. Trae Young
Ky Bowman has played well in spots this season. He had two back-to-back double-figure scoring nights followed by single digits in consecutive games so he’s been a bit inconsistent. Tonight he is up against it as he has the task of defending Trae Young, who can get hot in a hurry. Young obviously has the advantage here, but the Warriors will certainly need a big night in order to get back in the win column.
Trae Young is probably the only true stud in tonight’s matchup. The Hawks point guard is available for $10.5k on FanDuel and is projected to finish with 42.83 points.
De’Andre Hunter is a safe value bet with a salary of $5k that should net your team 24.06 points. Fellow rookie Eric Paschall has been delivering for fantasy owners all season. He is a steal at $5.6k and is projected for 24.6 points.
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