Atlanta faces Philadelphia in conference battle
Philadelphia 76ers (49-28, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (28-50, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Atlanta; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Conference foes Atlanta and Philadelphia face off at the State Farm Arena.
The Hawks have gone 16-23 at home. Atlanta ranks seventh in the league with 51.1 points in the paint, led by John Collins averaging 12.8.
The 76ers are 19-19 on the road. Philadelphia ranks seventh in the league scoring 15.2 fast break points points per game. Ben Simmons leads the 76ers averaging 3.4. The Hawks won the last meeting between these two squads 129-127 on March 23. Trae Young led the way with 32 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Young is shooting 41.5 percent and averaging 18.9 points. Collins has averaged 15.4 points and added 7.8 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
Tobias Harris ranks second on the 76ers averaging 19 points and has added 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Joel Embiid has averaged 10.8 rebounds and added 20.1 points per game over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 7-3, averaging 116.3 points, 50.7 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 5.7 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting.
Hawks: 5-5, averaging 116.9 points, 47.1 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 9.1 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.3 points on 46.0 percent shooting.
Hawks Injuries: Alex Poythress: day to day (right ankle sprain), Omari Spellman: out (left ankle), Dewayne Dedmon: out for season (left ankle), Miles Plumlee: out for season (left knee), Taurean Prince: day to day (foot), John Collins: day to day (rest).
76ers Injuries: Jimmy Butler: day to day (back), Furkan Korkmaz: out (torn right meniscus), Joel Embiid: out (load management - knee).