Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) at Atlanta Hawks (3-3)
Matchup to Watch: Jeff Teague vs. Kemba Walker
If the playoffs started right now four of the five teams in the Southeast division would be playoff eligible: that includes both teams in tonight’s matchup. Not many believed the Atlanta Hawks would be a competitive team this season due to their lack of “star” players on this seasons squad (aka everyone knew who Josh Smith was and no knew who Paul Millsap was), but this group is coming together nicely under new coach Mike Budenholzer. Jeff Teague is on pace for a career year and the Millsap-Horford duo has performed above expectations.
And that bodes problems for a Charlotte Bobcats team that’s thin in the frontcourt and doesn’t possess a perimeter defender to slow Teague down. The absence of Al Jefferson has forced the Bobcats to struggle offensively, but Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson are doing their best to keep the team afloat. Limiting ‘HorSap’ gives Charlotte their best chance to steal a win over Atlanta, but that’s a hard task considering many teams haven’t been able to do that this season.