It's always a fun affair when Trae Young leads his Atlanta Hawks against Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks. The Hawks currently rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a 22-22 overall record and a 10-13 road record. The Mavericks have fallen to fifth in the Western Conference, owning a 24-21 record and a 16-6 home record.
It's important to note that injuries may majorly affect this meeting. The Mavericks have five key players on the injured list while the Hawks look to be in perfect health. The last time these two teams met was last season, in a regular season series that these teams drew.
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|Atlanta Hawks||Head-to-Head||Dallas Mavericks|
|Nate McMillan||Head Coach||Jason Kidd|
|22-22 (9th in East)||Standing||24-21 (5th in West)|
|112.7 (21st of 30)||Off Rtg||115.4 (6th of 30)|
|113.5 (12th of 30)||Def Rtg||115.1 (24th of 30)|
|100.9 (9th of 30)||Pace||96.1 (29th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|T. Young (27.4)||PPG||L. Doncic (33.8)|
|C. Capela (11.7)||RPG||L. Doncic (9.0)|
|T. Young (9.8)||APG||L. Doncic (8.8)|
|D. Murray (1.7)||SPG||L. Doncic (1.6)|
|C. Capela (1.4)||BPG||C. Wood (1.2)|
|C. Capela (.643)/T. Young (8.6)||FG%/FGM||D. Powell (.732)/L. Doncic (11.4)|
|A. Holiday (.400)/B. Bogdanovic (2.9)||3P%/3PM||J. Green (.444)/T. Hardaway Jr. (2.9)|
|Maxi Kleber||Dallas Mavericks||20 Dec 2022||Out (Hamstring)||Kleber underwent surgery for a hamstring tear and there's no timetable for his return.|
|Dorian Finney-Smith||Dallas Mavericks||27 Dec 2022||Out (Adductor)||Finney-Smith will miss a couple more weeks, according to head coach Jason Kidd.|
|Josh Green||Dallas Mavericks||27 Dec 2022||Out (Elbow)||Green hasn't played since Dec. 9 and there's no timetable for his return.|
|Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||16 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Ankle)||Doncic was OUT for Dallas' Sunday (Jan. 15) game.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||Dallas Mavericks||16 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Ankle)||Hardaway Jr. was OUT for Dallas' Sunday (Jan. 15) game.|
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The Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are on opposite trends in regards to their form as they enter this match. The Hawks will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they enter this game. On the other side of the court, the Dallas Mavericks have been run out of the gym in back-to-back games.
The Mavericks will look to reverse their recent defensive form, as they've been dreadful in back-to-back losses. Dallas have allowed their opponents to score 138.0 points over their last two games on 53.2% from the field and 40.0% from three on 17.0 made attempts. On the other side of the court are a Hawks team that have been very efficient on offense. Over the course of their three-game win streak, Atlanta have averaged 116.0 points on 50.8% from the field and 46.0% from three on 13.3 makes per game.
Luka Doncic is expected to return for this matchup, which is sure to help the Mavericks' cause. However, with Kleber and Finney-Smith out they're still particularly weak in the paint. With the Hawks' inside-out game rolling, and their perimeter stars showing off some great form, Atlanta look set to continue their win streak.
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Both the Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks are capable scoring teams, while also being less notable on the defensive side of the ball. The Hawks average a combined points total of 230.9 points per game on a minus-0.7 points differential. The Mavericks average a combined 225.0 points per game on a plus-0.4 points differential.
The Hawks' scoring form has been very positive as of late, as they've averaged 116.0 points per game on 50.8% shooting. However, Atlanta have cleared 232.5 points in just one of those three games. Given the Mavericks' current form, they've cleared 232.5 in their last three games. However, they are 1-2 over that three-game stretch, where the Mavericks have allowed 130.3 points per game to their own 120.3.
The Atlanta Hawks are a bit more reserved in terms of their combined points total through their last few games, but Dallas' recent defensive form should help them hit the over. With Luka Doncic likely back in the lineup, expect this to be much more of a scoring battle than usual.
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