Trae Young and the Hawks head home to face Luka and the Mavs

Trae Young

Preview: DAL (2-1) @ ATL (1-2) 10/24/18 7:00PM StateFarm Arean, Atlanta, GA

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Trae Young (Hawks.com)

Tomorrow starts today.

The future is here. Wednesday night marks a new beginning for our Atlanta Hawks. The doors will finally officially open on the sparkling new StateFarm Arena. The nation will have all eyes on star rookies Trae Young and Luka Doncic.

The Hawks come home after a 1-2 road trip which saw two high scoring losses and a dazzling shooting display during the win in Cleveland.

Rookie Trae Young is averaging an astounding 23 PPG and 8 APG on the young season. Sunday he scored 35 and dished out 11 assists to post the best stat line by a rook since Steph Curry in 2010.

As expected, the Hawks have struggled mightily on the defensive end but things may not be as bad as they seem. For starters, we’re missing our two starters and our two best interior defenders in John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon. Second, scoring is off to a torrid pace across the league.

Fortunately, Dedmon is expected to be back in the lineup to shore up the front line. It will be much needed in contending with DeAndre Jordan.

While we got good news with Dedmon, the same can not be said about John Collins who will need at least two more weeks to nurse his ankle.

Dallas comes to town winners of two straight after dropping the season opener to the Suns. Luka Doncic has paced them scoring wise at 18.3 PPG.

Key Matchup

Trae Young vs Luka Doncic

While they won’t be guarding each other, everyone will be comparing the two. Since the trade there has been debate after debate as to which team got the short end of the stick. So far both players have made their fanbases proud. Here in the Social Media era, whoever has the better game Wednesday will get a huge boost on the web.

Injury Report

Hawks

Dewayne Dedmon: PROBABLE

John Collins: OUT

Daniel Hamilton: OUT

Justin Anderson: OUT

Mavs

Devin Harris: OUT

Dirk: OUT

Harrison Barnes: OUT

 

Trae Young
(Via Trae Young’s Twitter)

Three Keys to the Game

1. Three Point Shot

The Hawks used a franchise record 22 threes to bury the Cavs late. We obviously can’t expect 20 made threes a night but this will be a decent team when the threes are falling.

2. Trae Young

When Trae can find his shot it really opens up the game not only for himself, but for the rest of the team as we saw Sunday night.

3. Defense

The Hawks defense finally showed some fight in the Cavs game after looking hapless in the first two.

Projected Starters

Hawks

Guard – Trae Young

Guard – Kent Bazemore

Forward – Taurean Prince

Forward – Vince Carter

Center – Alex Len

Mavs

Guard- Dennis Smith JR

Guard- Wes Matthews

Guard- Luka Doncic

Forward- Dorian Finney-Smith

Center- DeAndre Jordan

Game Info

Tip Off: 7:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN / FSSE

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Prediction: Hawks 121 Mavs 115

Next Five Games

Saturday 10/27 Vs Chicago | 7:30 PM

Monday 10/29 @ Philadelphia | 7:00 PM

Thursday 11/1 Vs Sacramento | 7:30 PM

Saturday 11/3 Vs Miami | 7:30 PM

Tuesday 11/6 @ Charlotte | 7:00 PM

 

 

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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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