Things have not been going well for the Atlanta Hawks this season as they are sitting at the fifteenth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 9-26 record. They would hope to avoid a second straight loss when they host the Portland Trail Blazers, who are looking to capture their third straight win. This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season. The Hawks and the Trail Blazers have battled each other a total of 110 times as the Hawks won 56 games while the Portland team pulled 54 wins.
Portland Trail Blazers:
C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
Damian Lillard (hamstring; 25.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 41.8 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Dewayne Dedmon (leg; 11.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 60.1 FG%, 48.3 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.9 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Josh Magette (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Mike Muscala (G-League; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
DeAndre’ Bembry (G-League; 4.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
The first half of the game would be competitive as the Portland Trail Blazers shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Atlanta Hawks shot forty-two percent. Shabazz Napier would score 13 points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the second quarter. He also collected two defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists. C.J. McCollum had 9 points on forty-four percent shooting, which included a three-pointer in the first period. Jusuf Nurkic got his hands on six rebounds while Al-Farouq Aminu collected four rebounds. Maurice Harkless played 11 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down two three-pointers in the second quarter.
Dennis Schroder would struggle at the beginning as he only had four points in the first half. Taurean Prince collected six points from beyond the arc while he had five defensive rebounds and three assists. Kent Bazemore would contribute with five points while Ersan Ilyasova chalked up eight points. Marco Belinelli played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for ten points but it was the visiting team would hold onto a 52-46 lead at halftime.
The Georgia team would respond in the second half as they went on a 58-37 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field. Schroder made up for the first half as he lit the floor up with 18 points while dishing off three assists. Bazemore helped out with seven points while Prince had five defensive rebounds. McCollum would score nine points for the Trail Blazers but it was the Hawks who came back to top the Trail Blazers, 104-89. Dennis Schroder finished the game with 22 points, one rebound, 8 assists, and one steal. Shabazz Napier ended up with 21 points, a career-high 8 rebounds, a season-high 6 assists, one steal, and a career-high 2 blocks.
The Atlanta Hawks will travel to Arizona to take on Devin Booker (24.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 45 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (14-23) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other this season. They have met up a total of 124 times in the past as the Suns took 71 games while the Hawks ended up winning 53 games.
The Portland Trail Blazers will visit Illinois to battle Nikola Mirotic (18.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-22) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season. The Bulls and the Trail Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 129 times as the Bulls won 66 games while the Trail Blazers won 63 games.