Preview: Hawks @ Knicks

Preview: ATL (0-0) @ NYK (0-0) 10/17/18 7:30PM Madison Square Garden, New York

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Trae Young (Hawks.com)

The Hawks get things started with a trip to Madison Square Garden.

For the first time in over a decade, the Atlanta Hawks are starting a season not coming off a playoff appearance.  The 2017-18 Hawks finished a lousy 24-58 and landed the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft. After a slew of moves which included Coach Bud deciding to depart for greener pastures, trading down for Trae Young, trading Dennis Schroder and hiring Lloyd Pierce to roam the sidelines, we have finally reached opening night.

What better place to get the Trae Young era started than the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden. MSG is known to bring the best out of big name players. If preseason and college was any indication, Trae has the confidence to have one of those big nights.

Trae Young led the preseason Hawks in scoring and assists with Taurean Prince not far behind. To fully catch up on everything that transpired in the preseason check out my synopsis here.

Unfortunately, the Hawks will start the season a bit banged up with starters John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon sidelined for at least the first week. Reserves Daniel Hamilton and Justin Anderson join the two on the injury report. None of the injuries are considered too serious.

As for the Knicks, they are coming off a very disappointing 29-53 year which saw their star Kristaps Porzingis go down with an ACL injury. KP will not be ready to start the season but is expected back soon.

Key Matchup

Trae Young vs Trey Burke

More often than not, Trae Young will be part of my key matchup spotlight this season. I truly believe that how he performs nightly will be an indicator of how the team does.

Injury Report

Hawks

Dewayne Dedmon: OUT

John Collins: OUT

Alex Len: Probable

Daniel Hamilton: OUT

Justin Anderson: OUT

Knicks

Courtney Lee: OUT

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Tyler Dorsey (MyAJC,com)

Three Keys to the Game

1. The third quarter

The third quarter was the big problem area for the Hawks during the three preseason losses.

2. Trae Young

If Trae can find his shot early that will really open up the game not only for himself, but for the rest of the team because it will change how the Knicks defend.

3. Keep fighting

During the preseason the team did a great job fighting even when down big. They will find themselves down big a lot this season but it will be all about how they respond.

Projected Starters

Hawks

Guard – Trae Young

Guard – Kent Bazemore

Forward – Taurean Prince

Forward – Vince Carter

Center – Alex Len

For more on how I see the Hawks rotation shaking out check out my full breakdown here.

Knicks

Guard- Trey Burke

Guard- Tim Hardaway JR

Forward- Frank Ntilikina

Forward- Lance Thomas

Center- Enes Kanter

Game Info

Tip Off: 7:30 PM ET

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Prediction: Hawks 101 Knicks 96

Next Five Games

Friday 10/19 @ Memphis | 8:00 PM

Sunday 10/21 @ Cleveland | 6:00 PM

Wednesday 10/24 Vs Dallas | 7:00 PM | ESPN

Saturday 10/27 Vs Chicago | 7:30 PM

Monday 10/29 @ Philadelphia | 7:00 PM

Phil Veasley | @_ATLPhil

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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