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Wednesday, April 13th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (12-65) at Charlotte Bobcats (16-61), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The two worst teams in the league close out a home-and-home set this evening, when the Charlotte Bobcats host the Atlanta Hawks at Charlotte Coliseum.

Charlotte owns the second worst record (16-61) in the league, four games ahead of Atlanta (12-65) with five contests to play.

Charlotte got the best of the Hawks on Monday, registering a 110-105 overtime victory at Philips Arena. The Bobcats have taken two of three meetings between these squads this season, including a 107-92 win at the Coliseum on November 27.

Keith Bogans scored a team-high 21 points and Brevin Knight posted a double- double in the victory for the Bobcats. Knight collected 17 points with 10 assists, while Emeka Okafor contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Primoz Brezec tallied 15 points, Jason Hart registered 12, Matt Carroll posted 11 and Melvin Ely tacked on 10.

The Bobcats hit 47.8 percent from the field, including 4-of-10 (.400) from three-point range. Charlotte hit 20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line, but committed 14 turnovers.

Charlotte improved to just 4-34 in foreign buildings. The Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak on the road.

The Bobcats were without forward Malik Allen (illness) and Bernard Robinson Jr. (left foot pain). Allen and Robinson are listed as questionable for tonight's game.

The Bobcats, who have lost eight of 10 and 10 of their last 13 home games, are beginning a two-game homestand tonight. Charlotte is 12-26 in its friendly confines this season.

Atlanta has lost 15 of 16, 28 of 30 and 31 of its last 34 games, including Monday's defeat to Charlotte. Josh Childress paced the Hawks with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Tyronn Lue added 18 points and a career-high 14 assists.

Josh Smith chipped in 17 points for dismal Atlanta in the defeat. Atlanta center Predrag Drobnjak left the contest with 5:16 remaining in the fourth with an ankle injury. He did not return and finished with 16 points. Drobnjak is questionable for this evening's contest.

Atlanta hit 46.2 percent from the field, including 3-of-13 (.231) from three- point range. The Hawks drained 18-of-24 (.750) from the free throw line, while committing 19 turnovers.

The Hawks, who have three of their final five games on the road, are just 3-35 in foreign buildings. Atlanta has lost five straight and 28 of its last 29 road games.

04/13 10:10:09 ET

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