Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
Chesapeake Enery Arena, Oklahoma City
Written by Sporty Jordy
When and where: January 24, 2020, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK, 8:00 PM ET
The surging Oklahoma City Thunder will kick-start their weekend with a head-to-head tilt with the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Since dropping back-to-back losses, the Thunder have exploded back into the win column with three straight wins over the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, the Hawks avoided a third straight loss by upsetting the Los Angeles Clippers at home.
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Collins takes over the show
With star guard Trae Young sitting out on Wednesday with a thigh injury, John Collins stepped up and led the Hawks to a shocking 102-95 victory
over the Clippers. Granted, the Clippers weren’t at full strength with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George sitting out. But neither were the Hawks. There is plenty to be excited about in Atlanta after watching Collins continue to take flight in his overall development.
The team could need an encore performance if Young remains out on Friday against the Spurs.
Oklahoma City is rolling right now on offense with the team averaging 117.0 points per game in their last three outings. Shutting that scoring down will be a herculean task for a Hawks team that has the third-worst scoring defense in the league.
Yet, even their defensive struggles pale in comparison to the problems on offense. The team has the league-worst offensive efficiency. Throw in the possibility of Young missing another game, and it could turn into an enormous problem for the Hawks. Jabari Parker is also still out as well with a shoulder injury.
There isn’t much hope to be found against the Thunder’s dominant scoring defense that has made a habit of holding other teams in check.
We currently do not have a prediction for this team, check back closer to the game day!