ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks wish their new success opposite a New York Knicks can lift over to this rebuilding year and assistance them finish a three-game losing streak.
Atlanta (3-15) hosts New York (10-7) on Friday during Philips Arena, a initial of 3 meetings between a clubs this season.
The Hawks won their final 3 meetings with a Knicks and went 3-1 opposite them final season. This will be a usually diversion between a dual clubs in Atlanta, with a other dual meetings scheduled for Madison Square Garden.
Atlanta is in a rebuilding mode after losing giveaway agents Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr., who sealed with a Knicks and is averaging 18.4 points. Hardaway’s participation has helped equivalent some of a scoring that was mislaid when Carmelo Anthony was traded to a Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Hawks are entrance off a 116-103 detriment to a Clippers on Wednesday, a preference that pennyless Los Angeles’ nine-game losing streak. The Hawks have endured extended losing streaks this season, dropping 8 true and 4 straight, and they have staid into final place in a Eastern Conference.
A splendid mark for Atlanta has been a growth of rookie John Collins, who constructed a double-double while creation his initial career start opposite a Clippers. Collins, a first-round collect from Wake Forest, has scored 35 points over a past dual games and has shown increasing certainty around a rim.
“John continues to be somebody that’s growing, improving and personification well,” Atlanta manager Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s busting it out there. We wish him to continue to take those stairs forward.”
Collins hold his possess opposite maestro Clippers frontcourt stalwarts Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
“Those are both All-Stars,” Budenholzer said. “He continues to take a plea and acquire a challenge. He has to be improved and we have to be improved as a team, though a lot of positives for John.”
The Knicks are removing good play from 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, who this deteriorate became a youngest actor to measure during slightest 400 points by 15 games. Porzingis, who averages 27.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, will yield another plea for Collins.
Porzingis had 22 points and 12 rebounds in New York’s 108-100 win over Toronto on Wednesday. He was instrumental in assisting a Knicks outscore a Raptors 41-10 in a third quarter. Hardaway scored a career-high 38 points in a win, that enclosed a 28-0 run during an eight-minute stretch.
“At halftime we had some clever difference for any other,” Porzingis said. “We talked about things we wanted to do better, and we came out in a second half looking like a opposite team.”
It was a sixth time this deteriorate a Knicks won a diversion in that they trailed by double digits. New York is 10-2 when scoring 100 points.
The Knicks and Hawks typically play interesting games. In Jan 2017, Atlanta won in New York on a last-second 3-pointer by Dennis Schroder, and a Hawks also kick a Knicks in Atlanta in 4 overtimes notwithstanding 45 points from Anthony.