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Monday, January 23rd (All times eastern)

Indiana Pacers (21-18) at Atlanta Hawks (10-28), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks both try and halt two- game losing streaks tonight when they square off at Philips Arena.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 25th, Al Harrington scored 17 points, including several key shots down the stretch to beat his old team, as the Hawks defeated the Pacers, 87-85, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The home team has won nine of 14 and 15 of the last 21 meetings in this series. Indiana has won four straight after losing its last three at Atlanta.

On Sunday, Andres Nocioni tallied 20 points off the bench and the Chicago Bulls won their first game in Indiana since the Michael Jordan era with a 101-89 victory over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Tyson Chandler compiled 15 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which won its first contest in Indiana since March 17, 1998.

Stephen Jackson scored a game-high 21 points and Austin Croshere netted 16 off the bench in the loss to the Bulls for Indiana, which has lost three of their last four games overall. All-Star Jermaine O'Neal contributed 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

The Pacers are 9-12 on the road this season. They have dropped two in a row as the visitor.

Atlanta continues its season-high seven-game homestand. It is 1-3 on the current stand. On Friday, Michael Redd scored 28 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Hawks, 118-102, at Philips Arena.

Rookie Salim Stoudamire finished with 23 points in the loss to Milwaukee for the Hawks, who have dropped six of their last seven games overall. Joe Johnson was held to just 15 points and eight assists for Atlanta.

The Hawks are 7-12 as the host this season. They will also play Cleveland and Phoenix on the current stand.

01/23 10:29:00 ET


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