Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers

Atlanta Hawks Preview

John Collins and the Atlanta Hawks will shoot for their third victory in a row against a postseason contender as the team travels to Philadelphia for Monday’s game against the 76ers. Collins scored a career high-tying 35 points to go with 17 rebounds to lead the Hawks past the visiting Dallas Mavericks 111-107 on Saturday. Collins has recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in six games in February, tops in the NBA.  

He also has made at least five field goals and shot 50 percent or better in 18 straight games, another league best. Guard Trae Young, who scored 27 against the Hawks, leads the Eastern Conference in points (1,558) and assists (477). Forward De’Andre Hunter missed Saturday’s game due to personal reasons. 

Philadelphia 76ers Preview

Hoping to improve their Eastern Conference playoff seeding, the Philadelphia 76ers will return to the comforts of Wells Fargo Center when they face the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. Philadelphia, a league-leading 26-2 at home, fell to 9-20 on the road with Saturday’s 119-98 loss at Milwaukee.  

Joel Embiid registered his team-best 32nd double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Bucks, but struggled to 5-for-18 shooting on the heels of scoring a season-high 39 points Thursday. Sixers point guard Ben Simmons, who aggravated a lower-back injury after playing only five minutes against Milwaukee, was set to undergo an MRI on Sunday, according to reports. Tobias Harris had notched double-doubles in two of the past three games.