The Atlanta Hawks will face the San Antonio Spurs at Cox Pavilion. This is the last game scheduled for both teams in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a narrow 95-88 win over the Miami Heat, giving them their first win in Las Vegas. Tyrese Martin rose to the challenge, after two poor performances – registering 21 points on a shooting night at 64.3%.
The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, were beaten 97-84 by the Houston Rockets – despite a strong all-around performance from Malaki Branham. The Rockets defense was on point, limiting two of Spurs’ starters to single-digit contribution.
Both teams have struggled to win games this summer with Spurs yet to register a win.
Fixation: Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Thursday July 14; 4:00 p.m. ET (Friday, July 15; 1:30 a.m. IST).
Venue: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Hawks stepped it up against the Miami Heat after poor shooting performance in back-to-back games. The game against the Utah Jazz remained close, with Chaundee Brown Jr. scoring a team-high 15 points, but the game ended in a loss for the Hawks.
The ensuing game against the New Orleans Pelicans was a disaster, as the team collectively shot only 31.7% from the field. Chaundee Brown Jr. and Justin Tillman combined for 28 points, but the Pelicans won 101-73 — as Trey Murphy III put on a show.
After cleaning up their act against the Miami Heat, the Hawks will be looking to maintain that in the next game.
Key player – Tyrese Martin
Tyrese Martin was almost passive in the first two games, scoring but not aggressive enough. He switched gears against the Heat, attacking the rim and also being active on the boards. Martin also has the ability to shoot from beyond the arc, which adds value to the team’s offense.
Chaundee Brown Jr. has been consistent, but for the Atlanta Hawks to come away with a win, Martin’s contribution will be needed. Martin should continue to show his intensity on the pitch and try to get going early.
Atlanta Hawks predicted roster
Guardian – Joel Ayayi | Guardian – Sharif Cooper | Forward – tyrese martin | Forward – Chaundee Brown Jr | Center – Justin Tilman
San Antonio Spurs preview
The Spurs have suffered losses in all of their Las Vegas Summer League games, starting with a close game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blake Wesley and Joshua Primo each scored 20 points, but nine points separate the two teams.
The Spurs came close to winning against the Golden State Warriors, eventually losing 85-86 without making a final attempt – due to a turnover.
Blake Wesley scored a game-high 20 points, despite shooting just 35% from the field. Jonathan Kuminga proved to be a problem for Spurs throughout the game, even taking the free kick.
The Rockets beat the Spurs 97-84 in their next game, despite strong performances from several players. The Spurs were close, but a fourth-quarter Rockets push snuffed out their chances of victory.
Key Player – Malaki Branham
Branham played in the guard and forward position for the San Antonio Spurs and was also able to create his own offense. Except for the Warriors game, Branham recorded a good shooting percentage and will be an important piece in the upcoming game.
Branham can shoot all three balls pretty well and has also managed to land a few interceptions. It will be important for Spurs to set an aggressive tone early on, with Malaki Branham up front.
Predicted lineup of the San Antonio Spurs
Guardian – Blake Wesley | Guardian – DJ Stewards | Forward – Malaki Branham | Forward – Dominique Barlow | Center – Robert Woodward II
Hawks vs Spurs Match Prediction
Although the Hawks’ lone win so far puts them in a better position for the upcoming game, Spurs have lost their games by a narrow margin. Given the lack of wins so far, the San Antonio Spurs are likely to push for a win with a managed rotation.
The Atlanta Hawks, however, seem to have found some grounding rhythm and have been more active defensively. The game is likely to go into the home stretch, given that both teams are in a must-win situation.
Where to watch Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs?
The Hawks game against the Spurs will be shown on ESPN 2. The game will also be available to stream on NBA League Pass.