NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (27-20) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-30), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It's clear the Atlanta Hawks are nearly unstoppable at home, but playing on the road is a different story. Tonight they will resume a three-game trek against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Atlanta has lost three in a row as the visitor and fell to 9-15 away from Philips Arena this season following Saturday's 110-107 setback at Milwaukee in the opener of the trek. Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 24 points, while Joe Johnson added 22 and nine assists for Atlanta, which has dropped four of its last five games overall.
Josh Smith finished with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in defeat. The Hawks, who are a solid 18-5 as the host in 2008-09, will also visit Charlotte on the current road swing. On the injury front for Atlanta center Al Horford (knee) is probable for Wednesday evening and guard Joe Johnson (virus) is listed as out.
Horford has missed 12 straight games and last played in a January 9 loss at Orlando. The Hawks are 5-7 since the loss to the Magic and Smith has averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 boards over that stretch.
Minnesota will shoot for back-to-back wins after putting the brakes on a three-game slide with a 116-111 victory at Indiana on Tuesday. Randy Foye had 19 points and five assists to lead the charge.
Al Jefferson had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while rookie Kevin Love added 15 points and 11 boards for the Timberwolves, who got 16 points apiece from Ryan Gomes and Sebastian Telfair. Minnesota will try to stop a two-game skid at home Wednesday and owns an 8-15 record as the host this season.
Love has registered three double-doubles over the past six games.
Atlanta won both meetings with Minnesota last year and is unbeaten over the previous four matchups between the clubs. The T'Wolves are 8-2 over the last 10 contests as the host in this series.
02/04 10:31:15 ET