Young, Hawks set for matchup against the Heat
Atlanta Hawks (42-38, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (52-28, first in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Miami. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 28.3 points per game.
The Heat are 12-2 against the rest of their division. Miami ranks third in the NBA giving up just 105.3 points per game while holding opponents to 44.6% shooting.
The Hawks are 9-6 against opponents in the Southeast Division. Atlanta ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference with 34.0 defensive rebounds per game led by Clint Capela averaging 8.1.
The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Hawks won 110-108 in the last matchup on Jan. 22.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Herro is scoring 20.8 points per game with 5.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.0 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 64.3% over the last 10 games for Miami.
Young is shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc with 3.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Hawks, while averaging 28.3 points and 9.7 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 19 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 6-4, averaging 114.2 points, 39.8 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 7.1 steals and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.1 points per game.
Hawks: 7-3, averaging 119.8 points, 43.4 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 8.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.4 points.
INJURIES: Heat: Dewayne Dedmon: day to day (ankle), Markieff Morris: day to day (hip), Kyle Lowry: day to day (rest).
Hawks: Lou Williams: out (back), John Collins: out (finger/foot).