NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 8th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (44-34) at Milwaukee Bucks (32-46), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks finish up a quick two-day road trip in the Brew City Wednesday when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center.
The Hawks won the opener of the trek and snapped a three-game losing streak in Toronto on Tuesday. All-Star Joe Johnson scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta solidified its position in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 118-110 victory over the Raptors.
Josh Smith also netted 25 points for the Hawks, who snapped a five-game slide on the road. It was Atlanta's first road win since March 2 at Washington.
Al Horford chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Bibby ended with 13 points and 10 assists in the victory. Maurice Evans totaled 17 points, Flip Murray 12 and Zaza Pachulia 11 for Atlanta, which won the season series against the Raptors for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
The Hawks are now three games ahead of fifth-place Miami in the race for home- court advantage in the first round. The Hawks last held home-court advantage in a playoff series in 1999.
The Bucks, meanwhile, have collapsed late in the season, losing eight of nine to fall out of the playoff hunt.
Most recently, Rudy Gay went 10-of-17 for 26 points, as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Milwaukee, 107-102, on Saturday.
Charlie Bell helped the Bucks with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, with 15 of those points coming on five three-pointers.
Richard Jefferson added 24, Charlie Villanueva had 14, while Ramon Sessions provided 16 points and 11 assists in the loss.
Milwaukee snapped a three-game skid against the Hawks with a 110-107 win at Bradley Center on January 31.
04/08 10:30:17 ET