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Wednesday, March 2nd (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (10-46) at Utah Jazz (19-37), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz attempt to win their third straight game, as they welcome the struggling Atlanta Hawks to the Delta Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 20th, the Jazz knocked off the Hawks, 92-79, at Philips Arena.

The home team has won five of the last seven contests in this series. The Jazz have won four in a row and 11 of the last 13 games. Atlanta has lost 10 straight at Utah and is 1-11 at the Delta Center.

The last time the Hawks won at Utah was on February 13, 1993.

The Jazz attempt to go a perfect 2-0 on a brief homestand. On Monday, Keith McLeod scored 12 of his game-high 18 points on free throws, and Utah held on for an 87-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Delta Center. McLeod made his first 12 from the line before missing two with 6.5 seconds remaining in the game. That left the Clippers with a chance to win it, but Bobby Simmons couldn't convert a layup at the buzzer after a nice pass inside from teammate Rick Brunson.

McLeod's 12 free throws made were a career-high, as were his 14 attempts. Raja Bell added 14 points and Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur scored 11 apiece in Monday's victory for the Jazz, who have won just four of their last 13 contests overall.

Utah is 3-10 in Wednesday games this season. The Jazz are 7-27 when they score under 100 points.

The Jazz are just 12-16 at the Delta Center this season. Utah is 4-6 in its last 10 at home.

Atlanta plays the finale of a season-high seven game road trip. The Hawks are 0-6 on the current swing. The Hawks, who own an NBA-worst 10-46 record, have lost nine straight overall and 20 in a row on the road.

The Hawks last win on the road was on December 10, 2004 against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 23 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 97-74 win over the Hawks at the Pepsi Center.

Al Harrington had 18 points and six rebounds against Denver to lead the Hawks, who have lost 19 of their last 22 overall. Obinna Ekezie added 12 points for Atlanta.

Prior to Tuesday's game, Atlanta released point guard Gary Payton, who had yet to play for the team since being acquired from Boston in a February 24th trade that sent Antoine Walker packing to Beantown. Payton has said he wants to end his career with a playoff caliber team.

Atlanta, which is 1-11 in Wednesday games this season, is a brutal 2-27 on the road.

03/02 10:09:35 ET


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