Already playing without starting small forward De’Andre Hunter and starting power forward John Collins, Atlanta (13-13 straight up, 11-15 against the spread) will now have to go at least two weeks without starting shooting guard Dejounte Murray.
The 26-year-old Murray sprained his ankle in Wednesday’s 113-89 loss to the Knicks at MSG in NYC. The Hawks will re-evaluate the sixth-year veteran at the two-week mark, but he could miss time beyond Christmas.
In 25 games with his new team after being acquired in a trade from San Antonio during the offseason, Murray is averaging 20.8 points, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. The former Spur is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from 3-point range and 83.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Without Murray, Hunter and Collins last night, Atlanta covered the spread in a 120-116 loss at Brooklyn as a 7.5-point road underdog. Trae Young scored 33 points and dished out nine assists, while Bogdan Bogdanovic had 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 marksmanship from 3-point range.
The Hawks host Chicago at State Farm Arena on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.