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Wednesday, December 22nd (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (17-9) at Atlanta Hawks (4-20), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks take aim at their third straight win and fifth in six games tonight, when they tangle with the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Dallas unleashed an offensive barrage on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, tallying a 123-94 thumping. Josh Howard paced the Mavericks with his career double-double, posting 26 points and 16 rebounds in the winning effort.

Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points, Michael Finley tallied 21 and Erick Dampier rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11. The Mavericks shot 48.2 percent from the field, including 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range. Dallas was solid at the charity stripe, hitting 33-of-36 attempts.

Every player that saw action recorded at least two points for Dallas, which swept the two-game season series against the Knicks and has won seven in a row against New York.

The Mavs outscored New York 29-7 to end the second quarter and carry an insurmountable 39-point lead at halftime, 75-36. Dallas' 75 first-half points were a season-high.

Dallas' Jerry Stackhouse missed the game with a sore right hand. Stackhouse is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.

The Mavs claimed their fifth consecutive road win, improving to 9-3 away from home. Meanwhile, Dallas is 8-6 at home.

Atlanta is reeling with five consecutive losses, including a 90-68 defeat to these Mavericks on Saturday at American Airlines Center. Antoine Walker netted 13 against his old team on 6-of-15 shooting for Atlanta, which has dropped 15 of its last 17 overall.

Walker also grabbed a team-high 11 boards in the loss. The power forward spent just one season in Dallas and then was dealt to Atlanta for Jason Terry.

Predrag Drobnjak contributed 11 points, while Josh Smith blocked a career-high 10 shots in a losing cause.

Atlanta rookie forward Josh Smith blocked an NBA season-high 10 shots in Saturday's loss to Dallas. Smith has 31 blocks this season.

The Hawks, who are just 2-11 at home this season, are playing their lone game of the week tonight. Atlanta won't play again until next Monday against Miami on the road.

Dallas has won 10 of 12 and 11 of the last 17 meetings in this series, including five of its last eight in Atlanta. The Hawks did snap a four-game series home losing streak on February 9.

12/22 10:18:32 ET

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