The last game between these two teams was an immensely exciting one, and NBA fans cannot wait to see what this upcoming match-up has in store for them.
Fixture: Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets - NBA Season 2020-21
Date & Time: Saturday, 9th January 2021 - 7:00 PM ET (Sunday, 10th January 2021 - 5:30 AM IST)
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Atlanta Hawks Preview
Many expected the Atlanta Hawks to be one of the more resilient teams in the Eastern Conference this season, but that has not been the case.
Whether it was due to injuries to important players or just the team's inconsistent performances, the Hawks have struggled this season, even losing their last three games.
With the franchise intending to make the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the team will be hungry to break their losing streak with a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Key Player - Trae Young
Despite the Atlanta Hawks' struggles, Trae Young has been producing at a high level this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 25.9 points and 8.4 assists while shooting 43.0% from the field. However, after his poor performance against the Charlotte Hornets, many have started to doubt his effectiveness in this upcoming game.
To prove his doubters wrong, Young will have to start the game firing on all cylinders and try to keep the same energy until the final buzzer.
If he can do that, it will be extremely difficult for the Hornets to keep up, allowing the Hawks to take the game.
Atlanta Hawks Predicted Lineup
G Trae Young, G Cam Reddish, F De'Andre Hunter, F John Collins, C Clint Capela
Charlotte Hornets Preview
It has been an up-and-down season for the Charlotte Hornets, but they may finally be finding their feet.
The franchise has picked up impressive back-to-back wins ahead of this game and are starting to look dangerous.
Players like Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier have been stand-out performers for the Hornets in these games. They will hope to continue their good run of form against the Atlanta Hawks.
Key Player - LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball makes a difference for the Charlotte Hornets whenever he steps on the floor, and the team's offense flows far better with the ball in his hands.
The 19-year-old has also contributed on the defensive end, getting the team extra possession through steals and rebounds while also doing a great job at contesting shots from the perimeter.
Given how much he has done in such a short span of time, the Charlotte Hornets need to give Ball more minutes if they want to win against the Atlanta Hawks.
Charlotte Hornets Predicted Lineup
G Devonte' Graham, G Terry Rozier, F Gordon Hayward, F PJ Washington, C Bismack Biyombo
Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction
This will undoubtedly be a very close match, with both teams looking to outscore the other rather than rely on their defense to take the game.
An important thing to note here is that this will be the Charlotte Hornets' third game in three days, which means that exhaustion will play a massive role in the result. Since the Atlanta Hawks got a day to rest, they will come into this game more well-rested than their opposition, giving them a big advantage.
After taking these factors into consideration, the Atlanta Hawks will likely be the team that will come away with a victory.
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Published 09 Jan 2021, 19:40 IST