However, Atlanta hasn't been a very good road team this year at 6-11, and like the Nets, they've lost arguably their best player for the season. Big man Al Horford suffered a torn pectoral muscle the day after Christmas, and the Hawks have struggled to a 2-3 record in the five games without him. After averaging 102.6 points per game on 46.1% shooting as a team before Horford's injury, they're averaging just 99.2 PPG on 40.8% shooting in the five games since his injury.
The Hawks and Nets split their four-game season series last year, but Atlanta has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads.
Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver was almost a Net this offseason, but instead re-upped with the Hawks for more money and a longer contract.
Korver is averaging 12.3 PPG, 4.1 rebounds per game, and a career-high 2.7 assists per game this season. He's shooting 47.2% from three-point range, and he's made at least one three-pointer in an NBA-record 103 straight games and counting.
Key Matchup: Korver is one of the best three-point shooters in the league, and the Nets would've loved to have him on their side instead of having to cover him tonight. Brooklyn has struggled at times with their perimeter defense this season.
I'd expect the Nets to go defense by committee on Korver, with Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson primarily guarding him, along with Alan Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko and perhaps Mirza Teletovic. The Hawks are fourth in the NBA in three-point attempts this season, so the Nets' perimeter defense will have to be tight all night.
Player to Watch: Shaun Livingston has played well in his new role as a starter in the back court alongside Deron Williams. D-Will is a game-time decision tonight, so Livingston might have to do more heavy lifting that usual one way or another.