The Golden State Warriors are coming off one of their best performances of the season in a win over the Miami Heat. When Stephen Curry and David Lee are on top of their game, Golden State is basically unstoppable as evidenced by the team’s current seven game win streak. Tonight, the Atlanta Hawks face a daunting task in stopping a red-hot Golden State team at home.
Atlanta better hope that the Warriors have a letdown game tonight because if the Warriors plays the way they did in Miami, the Hawks have no chance in my opinion. In fact, the only way I see the Hawks getting a win tonight at Philips Arena is if Atlanta has one of their best performances on the season.
Players such as Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap have to carry the team and provide around 20 points each in order to give Atlanta a chance. Millsap will be the X-factor for the Hawks tonight. If he can perform like he did against the Boston Celtics where he scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Atlanta can definitely win this game.
Without great performances from both Teague and Millsap, the Hawks will need a miracle game from one of their other starters or bench players in order to possibly get the win. I could easily see a player such as Lou Williams or Kyle Korver stepping up to provide the Hawks with big games offensively tonight.
Luckily for the Hawks, the team gets to play the Warriors at home, where Atlanta has won five straight on their home floor. The Hawks are a much better team at home as evidenced by their 12-4 record on the season at Philips Arena. Playing at home definitely gives the Hawks an edge, but in order to beat a red-hot Golden State team, Atlanta must bring their A-game to the floor.