The Spurs are 8th in the Western Conference with a 24-21 record, while the Hawks are 7th in the Eastern Conference courtesy of a 23-24 record.
Fixture: Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs | NBA Season 2020-21.
Date & Time: Thursday, April 1st; 8:30 PM ET (Friday, 2nd April; 6:00 AM IST).
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks have been in scintillating form on the offensive end, ranking in the top ten in the NBA in terms of offensive rating (115.0). However, they have been lackluster on the defensive front, allowing opponents an average of 111.1 points per game.
The Hawks have also been terrific on the offensive boards, grabbing 11 of them per game on an average. Starting center Clint Capela has been a monster in the paint and has averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds per match. His front-court partner John Collins has been prolific on the floor, despite the trade rumors surrounding him, and has put up 18 points and 7 rebounds on 38% shooting from deep.
Key Player - Trae Young
Trae Young has led the Atlanta Hawks offense in the 2020/21 campaign, registering 25 points and 9.5 assists per game. He is also averaging a steal per game, but his effort on defense has been a major talking point for basketball analysts.
Young has turned the ball over 4.2 times a game on average and is shooting an uncharacteristically poor 35.9% from downtown. He has improved under new head coach Nate McMillan, and the Atlanta Hawks will be counting on him to have a big night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Atlanta Hawks Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Trae Young, Shooting Guard - Bogdan Bogdanovic, Small Forward - Tony Snell, Power Forward - John Collins, Center - Clint Capela
San Antonio Spurs Preview
The San Antonio Spurs have endured a slight slump in form in recent weeks, losing five of their last seven games. However, they have managed to hold on to their playoff berth, thanks to their strong defense which ranks in the NBA top ten. The Spurs also average 35 defensive rebounds per game.
Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson have been revelations for Gregg Popovich's side, averaging 15 and 13 points, respectively. Murray has also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, racking up 1.5 steals per game.
Key Player - DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan narrowly missed the NBA All-Star game this year despite averaging 20 points and 7.3 assists, along with a steal in every match. He has shot a decent 49% from the field and leads the San Antonio Spurs in both points and assists.
DeRozan has also been judicious with the ball, despite averaging such a high number of assists, losing it just 1.8 times per match.
The Atlanta Hawks defense has looked suspect so far, and DeRozan will have an opportunity to put in another stellar performance at the AT&T Center tonight.
San Antonio Spurs Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Dejounte Murray, Shooting Guard - Derrick White Small Forward - DeMar DeRozan, Power Forward - Keldon Johnson, Center - Jakob Poeltl
Hawks vs Spurs Match Prediction
The San Antonio Spurs hold a slight edge over the Atlanta Hawks heading into this game because of their record and quality of personnel.
The Hawks are capable of an upset, but the Spurs should hold on for a home win, barring an outrageous performance from the Eastern Conference team.
Where to watch Hawks vs Spurs
The local coverage of the Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs game will be available on Bally Sports South East - Atlanta and Bally Sports South West San Antonio. The match can also be live-streamed with an NBA League Pass.