NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 17th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (2-5) at Indiana Pacers (5-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Al Harrington will get his first shot at his former team tonight, as he leads the Atlanta Hawks against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Harrington, who was craving more playing time in Indiana, was dealt to Atlanta in exchange for guard Stephen Jackson during the offseason. The youngster has been solid early in the season for the Hawks with 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Jackson is registering 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest for Indiana.
Atlanta has won two of its last three games, including an 88-84 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday at Philips Arena. Antoine Walker amassed 20 points and 10 rebounds and Atlanta scored 15 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter pull away in the win.
Walker has been the backbone of the Hawks this year, registering team highs in points (22.4), rebounds (8.9), assists (4.0) and steals (1.86) per contest.
Predrag Drobnjak chipped in 15 points off the bench and Harrington finished 14 as the Hawks rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit. Josh Childress tallied 12 points and Royal Ivey tacked on 10.
Atlanta has not been successful on the road this year, dropping three of four contests.
The Pacers should be well-rested for tonight's game after having three days off since beating the New York Knicks, 103-97, at home on Saturday. Jermaine O'Neal scored 33 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to pace Indiana to the win. O'Neal blocked five shots in the win as well.
Ron Artest contributed 22 points and Stephen Jackson netted 19 in the victory, the fifth in seven games for the Pacers to begin the season. Artest, celebrating his 25th birthday, hit two free throws with nine seconds to play in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Jonathan Bender, Fred Jones and Scot Pollard didn't play for the second straight contest because of a variety of injuries. Jones and Bender are expected to be ready to play this evening.
Indiana has won two of its three home games this season.
Indiana swept four meetings between these teams last season and has won six of its last eight overall. The Pacers have won nine of 12 and 11 of the last 15 meetings in this series. All-time, Atlanta owns a 73-64 advantage in this series.
11/17 10:14:52 ET