NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 8th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (10-48) at Milwaukee Bucks (24-34), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The woeful Atlanta Hawks try to break an 11-game losing skid tonight when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Holders of the NBA's worst record at 10-48, the Hawks have lost 18 of their last 20 games overall. On Saturday they blew an opportunity, falling 98-97 to the Philadelphia 76ers at home.
Marc Jackson converted two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to provide the difference for the Sixers. Philly essentially won the game at the charity stripe, going 17-for-17 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Al Harrington's 19 points paced the Hawks. Josh Childress added 16 points while Tyronn Lue chipped in with 13.
The Hawks' woes have been even worse on the road, where they have dropped 21 straight. Their last taste of victory in an opposing gym was on December 10 at Detroit. The franchise record for such a streak is 29 games, which was set from the end of the 1975-76 season into the beginning of the 76-77 campaign.
Atlanta begins a three-game trip tonight and will visit Boston on Wednesday.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, has lost three of its last four games. On Monday the Bucks dropped a 90-85 contest in Chicago. Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 26 points, while Joe Smith added nine points with 12 boards in defeat.
Chicago led throughout most of the second half, but a jumper by Redd cut Milwaukee's deficit to 87-85 with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Chicago's Andres Nocioni went to the line with 11 seconds remaining and a chance to increase the lead, but missed both attempts. The Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, however, ended up with the rebound after the ball was batted around and fed Chris Duhon, who was fouled with five seconds left.
Milwaukee coach Terry Porter received a technical and Hinrich stepped to the line and gave the Bulls a three-point lead. Duhon then made both of his shots from the stripe for the final margin.
Milwaukee, which has won seven of its last nine at home, will host Dallas on Friday.
The Bucks and Hawks have split two meetings this season, with each team winning in its own building. Milwaukee has won two of the last three clashes overall.
03/08 10:09:32 ET