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Philips Arena will host a battle between the Atlanta Hawks (25.7 APG), the NBA's leading assist team, and the Golden State Warriors. With an 18-14 record, the Hawks are in a good position in the standings. Entering the game with a 21-13 record, the Warriors have won their fair share of games. This game is slated to start at 7:30 pm EST and SportSouth and CSN-BA will be providing coverage of the contest.

After barely hanging on to beat the Celtics, 92-91, the Hawks look for another solid effort. With 34 points and 15 rebounds, Paul Millsap recorded 14th double-double on the year. The Warriors, meanwhile, are coming off a win against the Heat, 123-114. Stephen Curry was one of the leaders, accumulating 36 points and 12 assists to claim his 16th double-double of the season.

From an eFG% perspective, this will be a battle of strength versus strength. Atlanta's upper-echelon offense ranks fifth in the NBA in that metric at 52.0%, while Golden State is third-best in the league at forcing opponents' misses (46.9%). It could also be a mistake-prone game for the offense of the Warriors, which ranks 30th in ball security (TO% of 16.9%). They'll be going up against the disruptive defense of the Hawks, which forces the third-most turnovers in the NBA (26.2%).


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