Golden State Warriors vs. Atlanta Hawks
NBA: Monday, December 2, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, 7:30 PM ET
The Golden State Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak with a home victory over the Chicago Bulls, but they lost the next game to the Miami Heat on the road. Golden State dropped to a 4-16 record and is at the bottom of the Western Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks is currently the coldest team in the NBA after suffering the tenth consecutive defeat. Following the most recent loss to the Houston Rockets on the road, the Hawks dropped to a 4-16 record and are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
These inter-conference rivals met twice in 2018-19, and the Warriors won both duels. Golden State was better in the previous nine H2H encounters, while the Warriors beat the Hawks in the last four meetings at State Farm Arena.
The Warriors lost to the Heat after a catastrophic opening quarterGolden State allowed even 41 points in the first 12 minutes against the Miami Heat and scored just 21 in a 122-105 road defeat. The Warriors shot below 40% from the field and recorded miserable 30 rebounds opposite Miami's 48. Jordan Poole matched his career-high with 20 points, Eric Paschall added 17, while Alec Burks contributed with 16 points. D'Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) won't play Sunday or Monday but is targeting a return towards the middle or end of next week. Stephen Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (knee), and Damion Lee (hand) are still out and will not feature on Monday against Atlanta.
"We're obviously playing for the future, playing for next year and he needs to be out on the floor to help guide these young players," the Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "I know he wants to be out on the floor. So we've got to find the balance between allowing him to make his impact with this team and not wearing him down at the same time."
This season, the Warriors have the 21st offense in the NBA that averages 107.3 points per game, and they are facing the Hawks' 28th defense that allows 119.1 points per contest. The Warriors are 23rd in rebounds with 43.4 and 13th in assists with 24.6 per game.
The Hawks allowed season-high 158 points in a loss to the RocketsAtlanta continued with disastrous defensive displays. After already allowing 150 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Hawks now allowed eve 158 in a 158-111 defeat to the Houston Rockets on the road. Atlanta allowed 81 points in the opening half and didn't have a single chance in the second 24 minutes. They couldn't stop magnificent James Harden, who scored 60 points, becoming the only active player who has scored 60 points more than once. Trae Young led the Hawks with 37 points and game-high seven assists, while De'Andre Hunter had 14 points and five rebounds. John Collins is still serving his suspension, while Kevin Huerter (shoulder) is out indefinitely.
.@TheTraeYoung notched his 10th 30-point game of the season last night dropping 37 points and 7 assists in H-Town.— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 1, 2019
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"We try to do what we have to do against James, which is throw a lot of bodies at him," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. "Try and put him under duress. He just didn't feel us."
This season, the Hawks have the 19th offense in the NBA that averages 107.8 points per game, and they are facing the Warriors' 26th defense that allows 116.4 points per contest. The Hawks are 26th in rebounds with 42.3 and 21st in assists with 23.4 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Golden State:
- 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games playing without rest
- 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games following an ATS win
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games
- 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS loss
- 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up loss of more than ten points