NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (12-19) at Atlanta Hawks (5-26), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The suddenly surging Milwaukee Bucks take aim at their season-high fourth consecutive win this evening, when they battle the lowly Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Milwaukee has pulled off its winning streak on the heels of a three-game skid. The Bucks continued their recent success on Saturday, as they recorded an 89-86 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd scored 26 points to lead Milwaukee to the win.
Marcus Fizer added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Bucks, while Mike James tacked on 10 points in the loss. Milwaukee shot 41.2 percent from the field, including 6-of-9 (.667) from three-point range. The Bucks drilled 27-of-34 free throw attempts.
Milwaukee is getting closer to climbing out of last place in the Central Division, sitting just 1 1/2 games behind improving Chicago. For the year, the Bucks are 12-19.
The Bucks, who begin a stretch that has them on the road for seven of their final 11 games this month, are just 3-12 in foreign buildings.
Atlanta is sitting in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with just a 5-26 record. The Hawks are 3 1/2 contests behind expansion Charlotte in the Southeast Division.
The Hawks have dropped six straight games, including a 100-97 defeat to Sacramento at Philips Arena last Friday. Al Harrington netted 22 points and Antoine Walker finished with 21 along with 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost 11 of 12.
Rookie Josh Smith came through with a career-best 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down eight boards. Predrag Drobnjak registered 16 points, while Tyronn Lue chipped in 14.
Atlanta hit 48.8 percent from the field, including just 1-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. The Hawks managed just 14-of-22 from the charity stripe. Atlanta turned the ball over 17 times, but did outrebound Sacramento, 48-37.
Atlanta, which is in the midst of a short two-game homestand, is just 3-14 in foreign buildings. The Hawks are just 1-17 when allowing an opponent to score 100 or more points.
These teams split four meetings last season with the road team winning once in each building. Milwaukee has won two of the last three and nine of the past 14 contests in this series. However, the Bucks have dropped four of their last five trips to Atlanta.
01/11 10:10:40 ET