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Game Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Utah Jazz -- The end of the road

Game #64: Atlanta Hawks (26-35) @ Utah Jazz (22-41)
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
March 10, 2014 -- 7:00 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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Man. This game can't come quickly enough, huh? For the Atlanta Hawks tonight is the last game for them in a long road trip that has seen them drop games to the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers. It's a long trip and some of them may already be mentally back in Atlanta already, one foot on the chartered jet back already. They're all already checked out of the hotel and the bags are on the bus ready to go to the airport after this one. Before the Hawks can get there they need to play at least 48 minutes tonight against the Utah Jazz. We've recently finished a 1-5 road trip ourselves, and between these two teams there have been a lot of losses recently. Atlanta has one win in their last 15 games. The Jazz have six.

So tonight could be a great 'wake up' game for either team.

The Hawks will still be without Al Horford, Gustavo Ayon, and John Jenkins. We're healthy, so plus for us.

Both teams are struggling right now, but we've never really taken down a team that was on a hot streak. So plus for us.

Lastly, they're beat down and weary, and the Jazz usually only beat teams playing tired. So another plus for us.

This could be a win.

The game is almost the sideshow here as it's the return of three former Jazz players in All-Star forward Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, and DeMarre Carroll.

It looks like it was strange for them too.

Yup. Okay, ALT @ UTA. They have a rookie coach. We don't. We lost to them back on December 20th, but hold the edge 48-44 all-time against Dominique Wilkins' club. They are only 17-30 in Utah.

They're tired and injured. We're one of those two, and at home.

Should be a Jazz win tonight, right? Even though the Hawks are an East playoff team and we're . . . good enough to maybe be one too? Whatever the outcome, tonight is the end of the road for Atlanta.