NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 17th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (12-24) at Atlanta Hawks (7-27), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks once again try to win two straight games for the first time this season, as they welcome the struggling New Jersey Nets to Philips Arena for an afternoon contest.
This is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two previous contests, the Nets picked up a pair of victories as they defeated the Hawks at home and on the road.
Overall, the home team has won 11 of the last 14 contests in this series. New Jersey has won two straight and five of its last six games with the Hawks. The Nets have won two of their last three at Atlanta.
On Saturday, Atlanta tallied a 103-95 victory over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Philips Arena. Forward Al Harrington scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hawks to the victory.
Antoine Walker chipped in 21 points with 11 rebounds in Saturday's win, while Predrag Drobnjak netted 16 points off the bench for the Hawks, who have won two of their last three. Walker recorded his 16th double-double of the season and rookie Josh Smith finished with 10 rebounds for the Hawks.
Walker has registered a double-double in seven straight games. He is averaging 19.4 points and 12 rebounds in that span.
The Hawks are just 5-14 as the host this season. Atlanta has won two in a row at home.
New Jersey enters today's contest on a four-game losing streak. On Saturday, the Nets suffered a 98-93 loss at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
All five Nets starters scored in double figures in Saturday's loss. Vince Carter led the way with a game-high 29 points, while Rodney Buford netted 18 points, Nenad Krstic scored 13 points, and Jason Collins had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Kidd recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Kidd's triple-double was the 61st of his career. It was his first triple- double in Dallas since 1996, when he was a member of the Mavericks.
Carter has scored in double-figures in all 11 games he has played with New Jersey. The Nets are 3-8 with Carter in the lineup.
The Nets, who play the finale of a brief three-game road trip, are 5-15 on the road this season. New Jersey has lost five straight as the visitor.
01/17 10:06:39 ET