Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) puts up a shot between Houston Rockets forwards Usman Garuba (16) and David Nwaba (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Hornets v. Hawks Play-In Preview

The Charlotte Hornets travel to Atlanta to meet with the Hawks in the play-in tournament Wednesday night.

The NBA is settling into the postseason as playoffs are set to begin next week. Before playoff series begins, the league’s newly-added play-in tournament is going on with the last couple of games wrapping up this week.

The Atlanta Hawks (43-39)

The Atlanta Hawks are among the several teams that are trying to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Hawks are in good favors being that they are hosting the Hornets in the State Farm Arena Wednesday.

Prior to this match up the Hawks beat the Houston Rockets 130-114. Winning the last 12 of their 17 games. Ending the regular season with a 43-39 overall record.

The Hawks are led by Trae Young who is averaging 28.4 points and 9.7 assists. Young was the spark to this Atlanta team that led the Hawks to their first playoff spot last season. The last time the Hawks were in the playoffs was in 2017. Young finished the regular season fourth in the NBA in scoring and assists.

Trae Young and the Hawks found themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals falling to the Milwaukee Bucks 118-107. Milwaukee went on to win the NBA Championship for the 2020-21 season.

Charlotte Hornets (43-39)

The Charlotte Hornets are a young energetic team that has been exciting to watch for the regular season. The Hornets’ last win leading up to the play-in tournament was against the Washington Wizards 124-108. The Hornets have won their last 11 of 15 games. This will be the second year in a row the Hornets have participated in the the play-in tournament looking for a playoff spot. The Hornets haven’t made the playoffs since 2016.

Charlotte is led by LaMelo Ball, who is averaging 20.1 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. Alongside him is his teammate, Miles Bridges with 20.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. The winner of this match up will advance to take on the Brooklyn Nets, Friday night.

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