No. 24-seeded Pelicans will face No. 9 Hawks in Round 1 of tournament

LAS VEGAS – If Sunday’s matchup between the summer league squads from Atlanta and New Orleans was any indication, Wednesday’s rematch should be an entertaining, tightly-contested affair.

The NBA Summer League announced late Tuesday evening that the ninth-seeded Hawks (2-1) and 24th-seeded Pelicans (0-3) will open the first round of the 2017 tournament at 3 p.m. Central on Wednesday in Cox Pavilion (broadcast live on NBA TV). The game between the pair of Southern franchises will mark the second time the clubs have faced each other over a four-day span, after Atlanta posted an 84-82 victory vs. New Orleans on the weekend.

The winner of Atlanta/New Orleans will advance to the Round of 16 on Thursday, while the loser will be relegated to the consolation bracket and wrap up their stay in Nevada with a game Friday.

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