Game thread: Nuggets at Hawks

Ex-Hawks forward Paul Millsap returns to Atlanta with the Nuggets. (AP Photo)

 

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Marco Belinelli (Achilles) are probable; Dennis Schroder (ankle) is questionable; DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Milus Plumlee (quad) are out;

Nuggets—Juan Hernangomez (ill) is out.

What to watch for: The Hawks (1-4) are the only NBA team that has yet to play a home game this season. They’ve been away from Philips Arena as it undergoes the first phase of renovations. The Hawks won at Dallas to open the season but lost four straight to conclude their road trip.

The Hawks may get a boost from the return of Schroder, their starting point guard. He’s missed the past two games because of injury. Starting power forward Ilysasova also could return to the lineup after a two-game absence.

The Nuggets are projected to be a playoff contender in the West but they’ve lost three of four games with the lone victory at home vs. hapless Sacramento. They lost at Charlotte on Wednesday to begin a four-game trip against Eastern Conference opponents.

Paul Millsap will face the Hawks for the first time since signing with the Nuggets as a free agent.

I can’t think of any good reason why Hawks supporters would be mad at Millsap, who was a Hawks All-Star and team leader for four seasons. Millsap said he signed with the Nuggets after the Hawks didn’t offer him a contract, a development that he called “disappointing.”

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