NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 10th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (11-40) at Atlanta Hawks (29-21), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks haven't been playing so hot lately and will try to close out a quick two-game homestand on a winning note Tuesday night versus the lowly Washington Wizards at Philips Arena.
Since winning three straight games from January 19-23, the Hawks have lost five of their last eight games, including Saturday's 121-97 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers in the opener of the residency.
Marvin Williams and Joe Johnson, who had missed the last two games with the flu, each scored 17 points for the Hawks, who are 18-6 at home this season. Josh Smith recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while point guard Mike Bibby missed the game with a left foot sprain. Bibby went down in Friday's win over Charlotte and is questionable for Tuesday versus Washington.
Atlanta will open a six-game road trip after hosting the Wizards.
Washington just completed a five-game homestand with a 2-3 mark and recorded a dramatic 119-117 victory versus Indiana on Sunday in the finale of the residency. Caron Butler returned to the court after missing two games with the flu and scored 35 points -- 17 in the fourth quarter. Butler, who netted the last 15 points for the Wizards, buried the game-winning jumper at the buzzer and also added 13 rebounds.
Antawn Jamison tallied 34 points, while Nick Young had 20 points to help Washington snap a three-game losing streak. The Wizards are shooting for consecutive wins for the first time since beating Oklahoma City and Houston on December 27 and 29, respectively.
Wizards center Andray Blatche has missed seven straight games with an injured knee and dressed for Sunday's game, but was not ready to play. He is still listed as out indefinitely.
Atlanta has won both of its matchups with the Southeast Division-rival Wizards this season and is unbeaten in the past three meetings. Washington is 6-3 over the past nine trips to Philips Arena.
02/10 10:33:20 ET