The San Antonio Spurs (58-19) will travel to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks (44-33) tonight looking to get a winning streak going while maintaining their hold on the NBA's best record and the number one playoff seed.
The last time these two teams met, it was a 108-92 win by the Spurs in San Antonio. In that game, Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili poured in 18 points while DeJuan Blair grabbed 12 rebounds.
Tonight's game wil be a matchup of offense versus defense. The Spurs rank sixth in the NBA averaging 103.4 points per game while the Hawks rank seventh in the league allowing opposing teams score 95 points per game.
To discuss tonight's contest, I turn to fellow Bloguin NBA blogger Deborah Horton of Hawks Highlights. One of the best Hawks sites on the Internet. Not only does Deborah give great insight into the Hawks, but she is known on Bloguin for her choice of quirky pictures for her blog posts.
In this Q&A, Deborah talks about the Hawks' outlook for the Eastern Conference playoffs, what it will take for Atlanta to beat San Antonio, and more. And by "more" I mean she gave Project Spurs a quirky picture for this collaboration.
Jeff: The Hawks are currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With the few games remaining, can they sneak into the top four sports to secure home court advantage?
Deborah: No I do not think the Hawks can move up. There are 5 games left and the Hawks are 4 games back of the Magic. I do not see either the Hawks winning all 5 or the Magic losing 4 or more to end the regular season. The Hawks remain in their 5th seed spot where they have been for a very long time.
Speaking of the Eastern conference playoffs, the Hawks took the season series from the Orlando Magic who are currently in the fourth spot in the East and took it to the Boston Celtics recently and won. Is Atlanta a dangerous team for any top four East team?