Preview: Mavs @ Hawks (Preseason Game 5)

DeAndre And Prince ( Nathaniel S. Butler-Getty Images)

The Hawks host Dallas in the preseason finale. 

After a somewhat impressive (by preseason standards) outing Monday Night versus Memphis, the Hawks get one final shot at improving. Atlanta is coming off a 100-88 win in which the defense and ball movement looked impressive. One area that the team should seek improvement is in the turnover department. Atlanta coughed the ball up 26 times but some of the sloppiness can be attributed to trying to make the right basketball play. As we get in to the regular season, we should see the turnovers drop as they get used to playing with each other.

Since his arrest just prior to the first preseason game, Dennis has shown no hangover. He has led the team in both scoring (17 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg). This will also most likely be true throughout the regular season.

Dallas comes to Atlanta after splitting a home and home series with the Magic. Rookie Point Guard Dennis Smith JR has increased his scoring each game as he adjusts to the NBA.

These two teams will also face each other next Wednesday in the regular season opener.

Matchup to Watch

Dennis Schroder vs Dennis Smith JR

Dennis Smith is probably the biggest Dark Horse candidate for Rookie of the Year. It will be a good final tune up for both of the young Point Guards.


Injury Report


Miles Plumlee. OUT

Marco Belinelli. Questionable


Seth Curry. OUT

Projected Starters


G. Dennis Schroder

G. Kent Bazemore

F. Taurean Prince

F. Ersan Ilyasova

C. Dewayne Dedmon


G. Dennis Smith JR

G. Wes Matthews

F. Harrison Barnes

F. Josh McRoberts

C. Dirk Nowitzki

TV/Radio Info


National: NBA-TV

Radio: 92.9 FM

What’s on Tap

10/18 @ DAL

10/20 @ CHA

10/22 @ BKN

Phil Veasley


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