(0-1) Atlanta Hawks at (1-0) New York Knicks Preview

ATLANTA: Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends against Hawks Thabo Sefolosha during the second half in their first regular season basketball game “home opener” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Atlanta. The Pistons beat the Hawks 106-94. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Coming off a disappointing home opening 106-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the Hawks will look to get back on track as they will face Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks in the “Big Apple” tonight.  One of the biggest hopes for the Hawks is getting back in a rhythm offensively. On Tuesday, other than solid games from Dennis Schroder and Paul Millsap, none of the other Hawks could establish any impact on offense. Defensively, The effort of Thabo Sefolosha was outstanding and could possibly earn him the starting Power Forward position soon. However, he’ll be sitting this one out as he’s not participating in back to back games as he’s recovering from his injury. Even with the added size from Tiago Splitter, whom Atlanta acquired via trade during the off-season, the Hawks were abused on the boards as Detroit out rebounded Atlanta by a total of 59-40.

Their opponent, the New York Knicks,  is coming off a blowout win against the upstart Milwaukee Bucks despite a very quiet night from Carmelo Anthony. Without the services Thabo, Kent Bazemore will have to shoulder the defensive load against Anthony in tonight’s contest. Paul Millsap and Al Horford should be able to have a strong game against the subpar front line of the New York Knicks.

Game time is 8:00 and will be the Hawks first national television broadcast on TNT. Also, the Hawks will air on the radio locally  92.9 THE GAME. No local TV broadcast tonight, so we will be forced to listen to the announcers on TNT and everyone’s favorite analyst to hate, Charles Barkley. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!!

Projected Starting Lineup

New York Knicks

G: Jose Calderon

G: Arron Affalo

F: Carmelo Anthony

F: Kristaps Porzingis 

C: Robin Lopez

Atlanta Hawks

G: Jeff Teague

G: Kyle Korver

F: Kent Bazemore

F: Paul Millsap

C: Al Horford 

 Phil Veasley- @ATLHawksPhil 

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