NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 31st (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (24-19) at Atlanta Hawks (8-34), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The reeling Atlanta Hawks will attempt to halt a four-game skid this evening, when they host the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena.
Atlanta has dropped seven of its last eight tilts overall, including an 84-83 defeat to Memphis on Saturday. Al Harrington led a balanced Atlanta attack with 18 points and eight boards in the defeat.
Antoine Walker and Tyronn Lue, who missed a potential game-winning shot in the waning seconds, each ended with 17 points for the reeling Hawks, who have dropped 19 of their last 23. Tony Delk chipped in 15 off the pine for Atlanta, which fell to a miserable 8-34 on the season.
The Hawks are 4-30 when they score under 100 points this season. Atlanta is just 2-17 on the road this season while posting only a 6-17 home mark. The Hawks have dropped three of their last four home tilts.
Before the game, the Hawks placed guard Kenny Anderson on the injured list with strained left calf. The team activated rookie guard Royal Ivey to fill Anderson's roster spot. Ivey didn't score in six minutes of action.
For the game, the Hawks hit 42.5 percent from the field, including 7-of-14 (.500) from three-point range. Atlanta drained 14-of-19 (.737) from the free throw line.
Orlando is headed in the opposite direction with consecutive victories, including a 103-97 victory over Washington on Saturday. Steve Francis scored 32 points with nine rebounds and seven assists to pace the Magic to the victory.
Grant Hill added 27 for the Magic, who posted a 108-101 win over Washington on Friday in Orlando. Doug Christie contributed 16 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 10 boards in the win. Tony Battie led the Magic with 11 rebounds.
Orlando shot 48 percent from the field in the contest, including 3-of-11 (.273) from three-point range. The Magic hit 24-of-31 (.774) from the free throw line.
Orlando, which is finishing up a two-game road trip tonight, is 9-14 in foreign buildings this season. The Magic have dropped three of five and 10 of their last 13 road tilts overall.
The Magic registered a 117-99 thrashing of the Hawks at Philips Arena on November 26. Orlando has won four of five and seven of the last 10 meetings overall in this set. The Magic have won three straight trips to Atlanta.
01/31 10:10:48 ET