Game Thread: Hawks at Hornets

Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova passes over the defense of Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Atlanta. Portland won 113-97.(AP Photo/John Amis)

HAWKS AT HORNETS

March 20, 2017, 7 p.m., Spectrum Center

Probable starters

Hawks (37-32)

Dennis Schroder

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Thabo Sefolosha

Ersan Ilyasova

Dwight Howard

Injury report: Out – Mike Dunleavy (right ankle synovitis), Paul Millsap (left knee tightness), Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise)

Inactives: Mike Dunleavy, Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore

Hornets (30-39)

Kemba Walker

Nicolas Batum

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Marvin Williams

Cody Zeller

Injury report: Out – Ramon Sessions (left knee surgery), Miles Plumlee (right calf strain), Johnny O’Bryant (right ankle sprain)

Inactives: Ramon Sessions, Miles Plumlee, Johnny O’Bryant

 Officials: Rodney Mott, Kevin Scott, Scott Wall

From the Hawks

The Hawks are coming off a 113-97 home loss to the Trail Blazers Saturday, their third straight loss. … Dwight Howard is guaranteed to average a point/rebound double-double this this year, becoming one of six players in league history to do so in each of his first 13 NBA seasons – Wilt Chamberlain (14 years), Tim Duncan, Moses Malone (14), Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Russell. … They have lost two straight games against the Hornets, both this season.

From the Hornets

The Hornets are coming off a 98-93 home win over the Wizards Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak. … Kemba Walker has career-high average of 22.8 points per game this season, which currently ranks as the second most points per game ever averaged by a Hornets player (Glen Rice 26.8 in 1996-97). … Marvin Williams is averaging 14.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists over his last six games. … They are division-best 8-3 (.727) against Southeast division, including 5-1.

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