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Friday, December 30th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (7-20) at New Jersey Nets (16-12), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets take aim at their eighth straight win this evening when they play the middle contest of a three-game homestand against the Atlanta Hawks at Continental Airlines Arena.

On Wednesday, Richard Jefferson scored 28 points to lead New Jersey past Cleveland, 96-91.

Vince Carter added 21 points and nine rebounds for the red-hot Nets, who are in the midst of their longest tear since ripping off a franchise-best 14 consecutive victories in 2003-04.

Jason Kidd finished with 14 points, nine assists and nine boards while Nenad Krstic ended with 13 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Over the course of the winning streak, which has moved New Jersey 1 1/2 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the lead in the Atlantic Division, Carter has scored 32.1 points-per-game.

Jefferson is also finding his way and has made 17-of-19 shots over his last two games.

The Nets, who will close their stand against Orlando next Friday, are 8-6 in their arena this season.

Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after falling to the Toronto Raptors, 108-102, on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. Joe Johnson tallied 18 points and Salim Stoudamire scored 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight and three of their last four games.

Al Harrington led the Hawks with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists and Tyronn Lue contributed 21 points off the bench in the loss.

Atlanta, which will host Toronto on Tuesday, is 2-13 away from home this season.

New Jersey won all three matchups with the Hawks last season and has won six of the last seven meetings. It should also have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won 11 of the last 15 meetings.

Atlanta has dropped seven straight and 13 of its last 15 in the Garden State.

12/30 10:30:48 ET

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