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What to watch for: Grizzlies at Hawks (exhibition)

When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, McCamish Pavilion, Georgia Tech campus

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Injuries: Hawks—None. Grizzlies—  Marc Gasol (ankle) and Tyreke Evans (migraine) are probable.

What to watch for:

The Hawks play their first home exhibition game after three in a row on the road. This game and Thursday's exhibition finale are at Georgia Tech as Philips Arena undergoes renovation.

Look for the Hawks to use the lineup that's tentatively what coach Mike Budenholzer expects to be the same on opening night.

The Hawks are still fine-tuning their new offensive system.

"I think there is more space for guys to attack and get to the paint," Budenholzer said today at shootaround. "That’s probably the biggest thing. I don’t think we are playing with the pace we need to, and the screening needs to improve offensively. I think they are still in the learning phase. We want to give then a lot of freedom and some randomness to the offense but you have to learn it first. Then when you learn it you can play it more freely and more random.

For the Grizzlies, wing Tyreke Evans and veteran center Marc Gasol are expected to play in their first exhibition game. Evans returned to the Grizzlies as a free agent looking to rejuvenate his career and has been out because of migraines. Gasol suffered a high ankle sprain while playing for the Spanish national team during the summer.

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