NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 21st (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (11-54) at Chicago Bulls (33-31), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls will try to improve their playoff position this evening, when they tangle with the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.
Chicago currently sits sixth in the East, one game behind fifth place Cleveland and a half-contest in front of seventh place Indiana. The Bulls are just two contests ahead of ninth place Orlando.
Chicago picked up a much-needed 94-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night. Othella Harrington scored a season-high 24 points and Ben Gordon netted 22 in the win.
Bulls co-leading scorer Eddy Curry didn't play in the contest due to a strained left hamstring. Curry, who has missed the last three games, is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Kirk Hinrich collected 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who halted a four-game losing streak. Antonio Davis added 11 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
Chicago has lost three of its last four home games to fall to 19-13 at the United Center for the season. The Bulls have five of their next eight tilts in their friendly confines.
Atlanta has lost four straight, 17 of 18, 20 of 22 and 24 of its last 27 games overall. The Hawks' season-long woes continued on Friday, as they fell 106-92 to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Boris Diaw-Riffiod tied a career-high with 17 points and added eight rebounds for the Hawks in the loss. Josh Smith netted 16 points and eight boards for Atlanta, which played without a pair of starters.
Forward Al Harrington and guard Josh Childress each missed the game. Harrington sat out his first contest with lower back soreness and Childress missed his first game with the flu. Both players are listed as questionable for tonight's contest.
Atlanta, which has two of its next three games on the road, is just 3-30 in foreign buildings this season. The Hawks have lost 23 of their last 24 road games overall.
Chicago has won both meetings between these teams this season, but has still lost seven of 12 in the set. Nonetheless, Atlanta has lost three of its last four trips to Chicago.
03/21 10:20:24 ET