NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (14-21) at Atlanta Hawks (25-14), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks have been traditionally tough at home and will shoot for their 11th straight win at Philips Arena Tuesday night versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
Atlanta is 13-5 as the host this season and has won four straight overall, including Saturday's 108-93 home triumph over the Indiana Pacers. Josh Smith provided 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Joe Johnson posted 24 points for the Hawks, who got 20 points from reserve Jamal Crawford.
"Everybody was moving the ball around, and I thought Josh Smith had a phenomenal game," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "We had productivity from a lot of guys. That's how we've been playing and that's how we've been winning."
Mike Bibby scored 15 points in the win, the Hawks' eighth in their last 10 contests. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Crawford is the leading bench scorer in the NBA and is averaging 25.4 ppg in his last five games, while Johnson is posting 27.5 ppg and shooting .527 from the field in the past four.
Over the last 12 games, the Hawks are allowing 90.7 points per game and are eighth in the NBA in that category.
Milwaukee will wrap up a quick two-game road trip Tuesday and opened the trek with Saturday's 115-92 triumph over the New Jersey Nets. Former Net Chris Douglas-Roberts celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring a game-high 24 points off the bench and Ersan Ilyasova notched a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the second time in seven tries.
"This game really did mean a lot to us, period," said Douglas-Roberts, who is posting 27.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in his last two games. "We need these games...we need to win."
The Bucks were without center Andrew Bogut due to a viral infection and he's listed as questionable for tonight's game. Bogut is averaging 13.3 points and 11.7 rebounds this season. Corey Maggette scored 20 points to help the Bucks end a three-game losing streak and improve to 6-13 as the guest.
John Salmons added 12 points and has scored in double digits in each of the past 11 games, averaging a team-high 17.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals over that stretch.
The 2010-11 series between the Bucks and Hawks is tied at a game apiece, with each team winning on the road. Atlanta has won seven of the past 10 encounters with Milwaukee, which snapped a six-game slide as the visitor with a 108-91 victory at Philips Arena on Nov. 10.
01/11 10:35:39 ET