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State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 16,705
Hawks newcomer Young makes home debut vs. Mavs, Doncic
Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks
- Atlanta has won each of its last nine games against Dallas dating back to November 2013. That nine-game winning streak is the longest active streak by any team in the East vs. any team in the West.
- Trae Young and Luka Doncic rank first and second, respectively, among NBA rookies in points per game (Young - 23.0; Doncic - 18.3) and assists per game (Young -- 8.3; Doncic -- 4.3). Young leads his team in both PPG and APG, while Doncic leads his team in scoring and ranks third in APG (Barea - 8.3; Smith Jr. - 4.7).
- The Hawks made 22 threes on Sunday night against the Cavs, the most made threes in a game by any team in the NBA this season. The Hawks lead the Eastern Conference in points per game (119.0) and ranks second in three-point percentage (40.7 percent; Pacers -- 42.7 percent) this season.
- Dallas has won two of its first three games this season -- last season, it took the Mavs 12 games to get two wins. The team has won back-to-back home games -- that did not happen until December 2-4 last season.
- DeAndre Jordan has three double-doubles in his first three games, something he has never done to start a season in his career. His 14 offensive rebounds rank fourth in the West (Adams, Aldridge, and Nurkic -- 18).
- Taurean Prince is averaging career highs in points (21.0) and rebounds (5.3), but he also has more turnovers (12) than assists (10). With Prince on the floor, the Hawks are scoring 106.1 and allowing 116.8 points per 100 possessions. Without him, the team is scoring 112.5 and allowing 102.0 points per 100 possessions.
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Atlanta fans will get their first look at high-scoring rookie Trae Young and their newly refurbished State Farm Arena when the Atlanta Hawks host the Dallas Mavericks in their home opener on Wednesday.
The Hawks (1-2) turned over their roster in a rebuilding effort, centered around Young, the 6-foot-2 guard from Oklahoma. The results have been good so far for Young, who is averaging 23 points and 8.3 rebounds.
The Mavericks (2-1) have won two straight games, with rookie Luka Doncic averaging 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Doncic was drafted by Atlanta in the first round and immediately traded to the Mavs for Young and a 2019 first-round draft pick.
Their meeting -- one of two this season -- promises to give both sides ammunition to support or reject the provocative trade.
Atlanta veteran Kent Bazemore has been impressed with Young, who had 35 points and 11 assists on Sunday in the 133-111 win over Cleveland.
"Trae is fearless," Bazemore said. "Even in the practices earlier in the summer, he came in and established himself right away. That's what you have to respect. A young guy that comes in, he's not bashful, he's not shy and who has that kind of talent. I'm proud of him as a teammate."
Young downplayed any rivalry against Chicago's Collin Sexton, that team's 19-year-old first-rounder from Alabama.
"You look forward to playing anybody in your class," Young said. "You look forward to playing against guys you grew up with. I was looking forward to playing against Collin, but at the same time I look forward to playing against everybody."
That includes Doncic. The two players will no doubt be compared against each other throughout their careers. Doncic, 19, became the youngest Dallas player to score 20 points when he got 26 in his home debut.
The hottest player for Dallas has been veteran center DeAndre Jordan, who became the team's first player in 24 years to start a season with three straight double-doubles. He had 18 points and 16 rebounds in Monday's 115-109 win over Chicago.
"He's just been sensational," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's giving us a major presence on the inside. You add the personality and attitude that he brings to the game ... on a night like tonight (against Chicago), you don't get over the top without it."
The game will also mark the home debut for Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce, who was hired when the team and coach Mike Budenholzer had a mutual parting after the 2017-18 season.
The Mavericks have been without forward Harrison Barnes and guard Devin Harris, who both missed Monday's game against Chicago with hamstring issues. Veteran Dirk Nowitzki is expected to miss at least two more weeks with a foot injury.
The Hawks have been without power forward John Collins and center Dewayne Dedmon, who are dealing with ankle issues. Also sidelined are guard Justin Anderson (leg) and guard Daniel Hamilton (shoulder). Collins isn't likely to return until mid-November because he has yet to return to the court for work.
"Hopefully, we get (Dedmon) back this week," Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk told an Atlanta radio station.
Atlanta swept the two-game series with Dallas last season.
Updated October 23, 2018