NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 26th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (6-4) at Atlanta Hawks (2-9), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks will try to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they host the Orlando Magic this evening at Philips Arena.
The Hawks' latest loss came on Wednesday night in Atlanta, as they were handed a 99-93 setback by Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat in front of their home crowd.
Antoine Walker netted 22 points and Jason Collier delivered a season-best 20 for the Hawks, who are off to a 2-9 start for the season. Atlanta hasn't dropped five in a row since a seven-game skid from December 10-20 of last season.
Walker has scored 20 or more points in nine of Atlanta's 11 games this season. He has registered two double-doubles and is averaging a team-high 20.9 points per game for the Hawks.
Atlanta played without center Predrag Drobjnak and guard Royal Ivey, both of whom were injured in Tuesday's loss at New York. Drobjnak is suffering from a sprained ankle and Ivey has an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both players are expected to miss tonight's game.
Meanwhile, the Magic were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers, 89-83, on Wednesday at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who had won their last two games. Steve Francis, Grant Hill and Dwight Howard all finished with 11 points.
Kelvin Cato pulled down 11 rebounds for the Magic. Orlando shooting guard Cuttino Mobley missed his sixth straight game with a groin injury. Mobley is doubtful for tonight's contest.
Turkoglu has scored in double-digits in nine straight games. He has averaged 16.5 points per game for Orlando this season.
The Hawks haven't played well at home this season, as they have won just one of their five tilts at Philips Arena. The Magic are 2-3 away from home this season.
Orlando won three of four meetings with Atlanta last season and is 15-7 in the last 22 matchups with the Hawks. However, Atlanta has picked up wins in four of its last seven home games against the Magic.
11/26 10:06:03 ET