At 23-27, the Sixers have six more games before the All-Star break including four on the road. It is an instrumental time for them, as they do not want to go on the break on a bad note.
It all starts tonight in Atlanta (33-18), before they host the Orlando Magic tomorrow. San Antonio comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, before the Sixers head to Minneapolis, Memphis and Houston before scattering for the break.
Here are some keys to tonight's game against the Hawks:
*Hold their own on the boards. Atlanta can kill on the boards with Al Horford and Josh Smith. Both were out of practice on Monday, as Horford is recovering from a bruised back he suffered Friday, forcing him to miss Saturday's game. He should play tonight. Smith will play tonight though he is sporting a sore knee.