The Sixers lost their first home game on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets and tonight they'll look to rebound against the Atlanta Hawks, winners of four-straight.
Starting center Spencer Hawes will miss his second straight game due to a strained Achilles'. His spot in the lineup will be taken by rookie Nikola Vucevic.
"Atlanta's pretty good," said coach Doug Collins at this morning's shootaround. "They pose a lot of problems, they're a good defensive team, they have size. They've got a star in Joe Johnson who can throw up big numbers. Josh Smith is playing very well for them. Jeff Teague is doing a very good job at the point guard position. They've done a nice job of picking up some veteran guys - Tracy McGrady, Willie Green."
The absence of Hawes, who also missed Wednesday's game, could cause some serious problems inside for the Sixers against the big frontline of the Hawks (11-4), even without injured Al Horford.