5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Hawks


The San Antonio Spurs (56-20) will host the Atlanta Hawks (42-35) tonight in San Antoio as this will be their final meeting of the regular season. The Spurs will continue to be without Manu Ginobili who is nursing a hamstring injury as well as be without Tony Parker (sore neck) and Stephen Jackson (ankle) who is probable.

The Spurs won first contest 98-93 at Atlanta. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points and 12 assists.

The Spurs are coming off a loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City 100-88. Tim Duncan finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Hawks are coming off a 101-90 loss to Philadelphia. Josh Smith had 19 points to lead Atlanta.

And as the Spurs look to make it five wins in a row versus the Hawks, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• The Spurs can clinch the Southwest Division with two victories.

• Hawks' Devin Harris is averaging 19.3 points over his last three games played, scoring at least 16 each time.

• The Hawks have come back to win from double-digit deficits nine times this season.

• Hawks' Josh Smith is the only NBA player averaging at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals.

• The Hawks have dished out at least 30 assists 14 times this year.