5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Hawks

The San Antonio Spurs (1-2) will continue their preseason road trip with a visit to Atlanta (1-2) to face the Hawks.

The Spurs are coming off a loss to the Nuggets in Denver 94-98. Kawhi Leonard finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Cory Joseph finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while Tiago Splitter scored 12 points.

The Hawks are coming off a 73-105 loss to New Orleans. Al Horford led the Hawks with 21 points and 6 rebounds.

As the Spurs continue their slate of preseason games, and visit former Spurs coach Mike Budenholzer who is now the Hawks head coach, here are five things to watch for during tonight's preseason contest.

• The continued meshing of Jeff Ayres and Marco Belinelli. The two new Spurs will get another game under their belts which can only help them learn the Spurs' system as the regular season nears.

• Dan Nwaelele and Courtney Fells. The Spurs recently waived Corey Maggette, Marcus Cousin and Myck Kabongo which means the two will have ample time to impress the Spurs in the remaining preseason games.

• The "Big 3" return to preseason action. After sitting out the loss to Denver, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are expected to return to the court tonight. After a few days of rest, it be interesting to see how spry they look.

• Nando De Colo. Much criticism has been heaped on Nando as far as his play on the court. Can he turn the page and be the player the Spurs need? Or will he continue to give Spurs fans a reason to see him out of a Spurs jersey?

• Cory Joseph vs. Patty Mills. Who will back up Parker this season? Cory seems to be the man for the job but can Mills sneak in for the job?

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Hawks

The San Antonio Spurs (31-11) will hit the road to complete the second game of a back-to-back with a visit to Atlanta to take on the Hawks (22-17) and hope to correct what's ailing the team on the road.  San Antonio is 2-7 in the last nine road games. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.

The Spurs are coming off a 95-88 win over the Warriors in San Antonio last night. The team was paced by Duncan’s 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots while Tony Parker had a game-high 25 points and eight assists. The Spurs also played without Manu Ginobili who is recovering from a strained left hamstring.

The Hawks are coming off a 89-94 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn last night. Guard Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 21 points and 10 assists. The Hawks could be without Al Horford and Lou Williams. Horford was not in action for the loss in Brooklyn because of a sore hamstring and calf, while Williams left the game after spraining his right knee.

And as East meets West, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• The Spurs are scoring 98.0 points in their last nine road contests after averaging 107.5 in starting 11-2 away from the AT&T Center.

• The Spurs are 5-4 on the second game of a back-to-back this season.

• Hawks' Josh Smith struggles against the Spurs. In 13 career games versus San Antonio, he's averaging 9.1 points on 29.2 percent shooting.

• Since the 2008-09 season, the Hawks have recorded a 125-50 (.714) regular season record at Philips Arena.

• Hawks' Kyle Korver has made at least one three-pointer in his last 33 games played.

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