Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks will be taking on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. As more than half the NBA season has been completed, both these teams are struggling to hold a position in the NBA postseason. The Hawks currently have a record of 25 wins and 25 losses giving them the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
On the other hand, Lillard and the Blazers are at 23 wins and 26 losses. As both these teams face off, NBA fans might want to know about the injury reports and availability status for the stars on both sides. Additionally, knowing the expected rosters and context of this game will also help in forming an expert prediction.
Trae Young is listed as questionable for the Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trail Blazers game tonight
Trae has been playing quite well for the Hawks this season. He is averaging 27.2 points, 2,9 rebounds, and 9.9 assists. Unforutenaly for Hawks fans, he does not look completely healthy for this game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to ankle issues. As a result, he might not play in this game.
Trae Young (ankle) questionable for Monday.
— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) January 30, 2023
While the Hawks have a slightly better record, this is still expected to be a close match. Let us look at the injury reports and expected rosters for both the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers.
Atlanta Hawks injury report
- Trae Young
Atlanta Hawks expected roster
- Dejounte Murray
- De’Andre Hunter
- John Collins
- Clint Capela
- Bogdan Bogdanović
Portland Trail Blazers injury report
- Jusuf Nurkic
- Josh Hart
- Justise Winslow
- Ibou Badji
Portland Trail Blazers expected roster
- Damian Lillard
- Anfernee Simons
- Jerami Grant
- Nassir Little
- Drew Eubanks
Both the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers are teams that are used to being in the playoffs. However, since stars on both sides have been injured they have started off the season slowly. As they both look for a win tonight, let us find out the expert predicitions for this game.
The Trail Blazers are slightly favored over the Hawks tonight
The Hawks certainly have the better record and should be the favorites for this game. However, not having Trae Young completely healthy will hurt them against a team with Damian Lillard. After all, Lillard recently had a 60-point game and carried his team past the Utah Jazz.
Therefore, they appear to be slightly better at the moment. After the 60-point game from Dame, the Trail Blazers lost to the Toronto Raptors and will be hungry for a win heading into this match. As a result, we are siding with them, although this is still expected to be a close and exciting match.
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