Just five games are on the NBA schedule for Tuesday night, but one of them will impact the East's playoff picture based on its outcome. The Atlanta Hawks will welcome the under .500 Charlotte Hornets to their arena for one of their last few games of the regular season. Hanging in the balance will be Atlanta's playoff seed of either No. 5 or No. 6 based on the results. Here's a look at how to watch the latest Hornets vs. Hawks live stream and TV game as well as the matchup preview.

Charlotte vs. Atlanta matchup

The Charlotte Hornets saw their playoff chances end abruptly during this past weekend's loss at home to the Boston Celtics.

In that game, All-Star Kemba Walker also appeared to suffer some sort of injury in the fourth quarter which required him to be helped to the bench for attention. Walker did not return in that game and is listed as "Out" for tonight's road game. Also listed as out of action are Marco Belinelli and Ramon Sessions.

The Atlanta Hawks currently have a 42-38 record for the season. In the current NBA playoff picture, they have the No. 5 seed by a half-game over Milwaukee. A win clinches the spot while a loss drops Atlanta to No. 6 for the postseason matchups. The team is on a three-game winning streak, though, and if the NBA playoffs were to start today, they'd get a first-round series with the No. 4 Washington Wizards.

For tonight's game, the Atlanta Hawks will be 8.5-point favorites on their home court or -380 on the moneyline.

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Charlotte will be an 8.5-point underdog or +320 on the moneyline. The over/under total is at 205 points for the complete game. The Hornets are 13-20 against the spread as underdogs and 19-21 ATS on the road. Atlanta is 19-29 ATS as the favorite or 17-23 ATS at home.

How to watch it live

Tuesday night's NBA game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Southeast Atlanta or Fox Sports Southeast Charlotte, depending on a viewer's region. Live streaming may be available to the customers with these Fox Sports networks via the Fox Sports Go website or compatible mobile apps.

The game will also be available for NBA League Pass subscribers on any corresponding TV channels. In addition, the game can be purchased on an individual basis through NBA.com for viewers to watch a live streaming feed as it happens. More information is available at the NBA.com website for how to order games on an individual viewing basis.