The Sixers will look to start a winning streak for just the third time this season, trying to build on their last-second win Wednesday in Boston. They entertain the Atlanta Hawks, who are two games above .500 and come to town with three former Sixers: Lou Williams, Kyle Korver and Elton Brand.
Here is tonight's matchup in 3-Dei:
1) Key on three
Korver has made at least one three-pointer in his last 113 games, an NBA record. The last game he failed to make a three? Nov. 2, 2012.
But it's not just Korver making threes. There are six Hawks who average at least one made three per game. The Sixers' perimeter defense improved, albeit slightly, with opponents shooting 36.8 percent, 10th-highest in the NBA. The Hawks shoot 37 percent from deep.
2) Be pass happy
The Sixers are coming off a 26-assist performance against the Celtics. That tied for their fifth-highest assist total this season. When the Sixers tally at least 23 assists, they have a winning record at 13-9.
3) With or without?
Atlanta starting point guard Jeff Teague torched the Sixers last time out when he scored 33 points and recorded 10 assists. But last Friday, Teague sprained his ankle in a game against the Spurs. He was expected to miss two games, which would have had him returning tonight. Wednesday's game was not played due to inclement weather, giving the Hawks three days rest.
Teague practiced Thursday and traveled with the team, but his status for tonight is unclear. It is the third straight game the Sixers will prepare for a starter whose availability is in question. Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo were the other two. Durant played (well); Rondo did not.
The Sixers can't have a letdown if Teague is not running the Hawks' show.