Both the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are entering this match-up after suffering from consecutive losses. However, the two are standing far apart from each other at the Eastern Conference table. The Sixers are leading the East as they have 7 out of their 10 games, and the Hawks are somewhere at the bottom trying to find their rhythm to get back in the game.
This will be a chance for the two to get themselves on track. But who will it be?
The Sixers had their second straight loss at home against the Denver Nuggets. As they drop to 7-3, they are tied with the Boston Celtics for the first position in the Atlantic Division. However, this is the least of their worries.
With most of their players missing this game because of health and safety protocols, they are actually entering this match-up as the underdog team. Ben Simmons, Shake Milton, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Vincent Poirier, Terrance Ferguson, and Matisse Thybulle are officially out. But there is still hope as Joel Embiid and Mike Scott are still probable for the game.
With that, the predicted lineup would be Isaiah Joe, Dwight Howard, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, and Dakota Mathias.
The Hawks had a great start to the season, but it’s been down the hill ever since. They’ve struggled on both ends of the floor, which has landed them in a pool of four consecutive losses. However, looking at the Sixers’ injury troubles, this might be the opening the Hawks are looking for to bring their form back.
Trae Young is the Hawks star player who has been averaging 24.7 points and 8.6 assists. With adequate support from players like De’Andre Hunter and John Collins, Trae’s vision could be utilized. However, Young is probable for this matchup because of a wrist injury. Without him, it won’t be as easy a victory as one would think.
Other than him, Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter, and Tony Snell are also questionable to play against the 76ers. Even Bogdan Bogdanovic is out, which leaves them with fewer options to go with.
Thus, the predicted lineup would be Clint Capela, De’Andre Hunter, Josh Collins, Cam Reddish, and Danilo Gallinari.
This game solely depends on the players that show up for this matchup. If Trae Young plays, the Hawks can make this a smooth victory, and if they lose, it will be a sign that they are far away from being contenders in the playoffs. However, without Trae, this could be a close call, but the Sixers are most likely to take the win.
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