The Philadelphia 76ers come into their game against the Atlanta Hawks off the back of two consecutive losses. They have won seven of their ten 2020-21 NBA season games so far and will be looking to get back on track in a season where they are expected to be title contenders.
However, the Sixers are missing multiple players due to safety and health-related protocols, which includes the dynamic duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. As a result, the Philadelphia 76ers have no choice but to rely on their bench players.
The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, have struggled to find form on both ends of the court and have lost four games on the trot. Offensively, the Hawks have relied on Trae Young and De’Andre Hunter but have struggled to contain teams on the defensive end.
Fixture: Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks - NBA Season 2020-21
Date & Time: Saturday, January 11th, 2021 7:30 PM ET. (Sunday 5:30 AM IST)
Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers’ injury troubles mean they go into the game against the Atlanta Hawks as the underdogs. Apart from their star duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers are missing Seth Curry and Tobias Harris, along with a string of bench players.
With four of their most prolific scorers out of the picture, the onus will be on Dwight Howard and Danny Green to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to victory over an Atlanta Hawks side that have struggled for form.
The veterans aside, Tyrese Maxey will also be expected to chip in with points as the Sixers attempt to make the best out of a worrisome situation.
Key Player – Danny Green
With so many starters missing for the Philadelphia 76ers, they will turn to Danny Green to lead the team against the Atlanta Hawks. Danny Green has averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 assists per game, and will have to contribute on the other end of the court as well.
The Philadelphia 76ers go into the game with a 7-3 record, which is tied for the best in the NBA. The Sixers can afford to wait for their stars to return to full fitness before setting their eyes towards the top of the table again.
Philadelphia 76ers’ Predicted Lineup
F Danny Green, F Dakota Mathias, G Isaiah Joe, G Tyrese Maxey C Dwight Howard
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks started the season with three straight wins but have struggled defensively since. Trae Young has been averaging 24.7 points per game and has been supported well on the offensive end by De’Andre Hunter and John Collins.
The Atlanta Hawks have also seen some decent scoring performances from Cam Reddish off the bench.
However, after their hot start, the Atlanta Hawks have fallen off and have lost four consecutive games. Despite their defensive struggles, they will go into their game against the Philadelphia 76ers as favorites, owing to the Sixers' injury troubles.
Key Player – Trae Young
In Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks have a future superstar who is performing already an offensive powerhouse. He has been averaging 24.7 points along with 8.6 assists per game.
However, the Atlanta Hawks have struggled to surround Trae Young with players who can make use of his passing and vision. Regardless, the Philadelphia 76ers are missing nearly all of their starters, which means Trae Young will be expected to lead the Hawks to a comfortable victory.
Atlanta Hawks’ Predicted Lineup
F De’Andre Hunter, F John Collins, G Trae Young, G Cam Reddish, C Clint Capela
76ers vs Hawks Match Prediction
The Philadelphia 76ers are struggling to field a starting 5 and will be thankful for their brilliant start to the season.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have lost a number of games on the trot and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
The Hawks should be able to post an easy win, and a loss would indicate they are a long way away from challenging for the playoff spots.