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Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns Pick & Prediction JAN 13TH 2021
Two teams struggling to live up to the early promise they showed this season will meet Wednesday night when Phoenix hosts Atlanta.
The Suns started the season with five victories in six games but are just 2-3 since Jan. 3. The Hawks opened with four victories in five games, then went on a four-game losing streak that ended Monday with a 112-94 home victory over Philadelphia.
While the Suns will open a three-game home stretch, the Hawks will begin a three-game trip in the West, which ends with stops at Utah and Portland.
The Suns concluded a 1-2 East Coast road swing Monday with a 128-107 loss to Washington. The Wizards were on a three-game losing streak and hadn't won at home when they entered the game. The Wizards also were playing without star guard Russell Westbrook (quad) and center Thomas Bryant, who was lost for the season last week because of a partially torn ACL.
Suns guard Devin Booker scored 33 points, but the team shot just 14.8 percent (4 of 27) from 3-point range. Phoenix also played without backup point guard Cameron Payne (ankle) for a second consecutive game, with Chris Paul recording 14 points and 11 assists in a team-high 36 minutes.
"This is just one of those stinkers that you want to flush and hurry up and get back on the floor, but we as a group, collectively, have to understand what works for us," Suns coach Monty Williams said.
The suggestion is that the Suns will dictate the pace Wednesday instead of letting their opponent do so, which is what happened at Washington.
The Hawks asserted themselves Monday against the 76ers, with Trae Young scoring 26 points. De'Andre Hunter and Brandon Goodwin added 15 each.
It was a bounce-back game for Young, who scored seven and 15 points in back-to-back games against the Charlotte Hornets. He was a combined 7 of 28 (25 percent) from the field in those games and 0 of 8 from 3-point range. He was 3 of 7 from behind the arc Monday against Philadelphia.
"It felt good to actually get some shots going in," Young said. "(I) had a really good warm-up and just kind of carried it over to the game, and it felt good."
Helping the Hawks was a 21-2 advantage in fast-break points against Philadelphia.
"We tried to get as many easy baskets as we could from running, but I enjoyed the way our guys played," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. "It was good to see our guys play that way, and how do we sustain it is the next question, but that's what we'll focus on."
The victory also was much needed after the Hawks learned guard Bogdan Bogdanovic would miss significant time because of a fractured right knee. The injury occurred in Saturday's loss against the Hornets.
Hawks guard Tony Snell played in his first game Monday after being out with a foot injury. He was 0 of 3 from the field in seven minutes and did not score.
--Field Level Media
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- @Charlotte L 105 - 113
- Charlotte L 102 - 94
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- Denver L 130 - 126
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- @Washington(02-04-19) W 137 - 129
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- @Dallas(04-09-19) L 109 - 120
- Hawks @ Suns 0-0
- Suns @ Hawks 112-120
- Hawks @ Suns 118-112
- Suns @ Hawks 112-113
- Hawks @ Suns 103-104
- Suns @ Hawks 91-95
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|Oklahoma City Thunder||6||7||.462||1-5||5-2||105.6||112.6||L1||5-0-5|
|Los Angeles Lakers||12||4||.750||4-4||8-0||115.1||105.2||L1||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Clippers||11||4||.733||6-2||5-2||114.9||107.8||L1||7-0-3|
|Golden State Warriors||8||7||.533||5-4||3-3||111.7||114.3||L1||6-0-4|
|San Antonio Spurs||8||7||.533||2-4||6-3||110.3||110.5||L1||6-0-4|
|New Orleans Pelicans||5||9||.357||2-3||3-6||108.1||110.9||L2||3-0-7|
- IllnessOut Fri | out
Jones missed the previous game due to the league's health and safety protocol, and he will not partake in Friday's matchup against the Nuggets.
- IllnessQues Sat | questionable
Saric has missed the previous two games due to NBA's health and safety protocol, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Nuggets.
- IllnessOut indefinitely | out
Smith is sidelined due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, and there is no timetable for his return.
- AnkleProb Wed | probable
Payne has a right ankle sprain, but it is anticipated that he will suit up against the Rockets on Wednesday.
- AnkleQues Mon | questionable
Payne was held out of the previous two games due to a right ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will take the court against the Grizzlies on Monday.
- KneeProb Fri | probable
Reddish has sat out the previous three games with a left knee contusion, but it is projected that he will take the floor against the Timberwolves on Friday.
- HeelProb Wed | probable
Young is expected to suit up Wednesday against the Pistons despite right heel soreness.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Bogdanovic is sidelined with a bone contusion and right knee fracture, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
- BackProb Sat | probable
Young is dealing with a tight back, but will likely face the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
- KneeProb Fri | probable
Rondo is sidelined with left knee soreness, but he is expected to return against the Jazz on Friday.
- FootProb Fri | probable
Okongwu is dealing with left foot inflammation, but it is likely that he will face the Jazz on Friday.
- HandQues Fri | questionable
Capela is bothered by right hand soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will take part in Friday's battle with the Jazz.
- WristProb Mon | probable
Young was forced from the previous game with a wrist injury. X-Rays were negative, and is likely to play Monday's game against the 76ers.
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- TrendHawks are 7-15-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings.Hit %31.80% (23)O/UPush1W/L7|15
- TrendHawks are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix.Hit %25.00% (5)O/UPush1W/L1|3
Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns
John Collins scored 35 points and Trae Young scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the visiting Atlanta Hawks end their two-game losing streak with a 118-112 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Collins was 13 of 20 from the floor and grabbed 16 rebounds -- 10 on the offensive end -- to produce his first double-double on the team's road trip. Young drained four 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and eight assists.
The Hawks also got 11 points from Dewayne Dedmon and 10 points from Kevin Huerter.
Devin Booker scored 32 points to lead Phoenix, the third time he has scored 30-plus points in the last four games. Booker made four 3-pointers and added 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Josh Jackson scored 25 points, two shy of matching his season high. Mikal Bridges added 20 points and made five 3-pointers. Rookie Deandre Ayton returned after missing six games with a sprained left ankle and finished with a double-double, scoring 13 and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Phoenix lost its 10th straight game.
Atlanta led 33-30 after one quarter and had a 10-point lead when Kent Bazemore scored on a cutting layup at 9:08 in the second. But the Suns went on a 12-2 run and tied the score at 44-44 on Booker's jumper with 5:52 left. Atlanta led 58-57 at halftime.
Phoenix had an eight-point lead in the third quarter and carried an 88-86 lead into the fourth quarter and remained in front until Young's jumper tied the score 97-97 with 5:46 left.
It was the start of a hot streak for Young, who connected on four straight baskets, the last a 3-pointer that drew a foul and turned into a four-point play. He scored 16 of Atlanta's 20 points during a stretch that gave the Hawks a 112-105 lead.
Atlanta completes its seven-game road trip with a visit to the Washington Wizards on Monday. Phoenix plays at home on Monday against the Houston Rockets
--Field Level Media