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Game preview: Hawks, Grizzlies headed for draft lottery


When/where: 7:30 today, Philips Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—DeAndre’ Bembry (groin) and Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) are out.

Grizzlies—Mike Conley (heel), Deyonta Davis (knees), Tyreke Evans (not with team) and Chandler Parsons (knee) are out; Wayne Selden Jr. (knee) is questionable.

What to watch for: The Hawks (16-37) won at the Knicks on Sunday for their sixth victory in the past 13 games. They still have the worst winning percentage in the NBA but have back-to-back games against opponents near the bottom of the league standings: the Grizzlies (18-34) and Magic (16-36).

The Grizzlies will be without starting guard Tyreke Evans, who is being held out as the team seeks to trade him before Thursday’s deadline. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, a three-time All-Star, is the focus for the Hawks.

“He’s a handful,” Hawks center John Collins said. “He can do it all: shoot 3's, very good passer, skilled big. We’ve got to try to limit his effect on the game because once he gets going, it kind of gets everyone else going.”

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects power forward Ersan Ilyasova to return to the starting lineup after he missed the Knicks game because of illness.

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Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010.