NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (6-8) at Portland Trail Blazers (6-11), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers will attempt to halt a four-game losing streak tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks at The Rose Garden.
Portland is also 0-3 on a four-game homestand and lost its fourth straight contest after Friday's 91-89 setback to the Orlando Magic. Zach Randolph posted 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped nine of their last 11 contests.
Jarrett Jack scored 14 points and Travis Outlaw notched 13 points and eight boards for Portland, which is 4-5 at The Rose Garden this season. The Blazers will open a season-high six-game road trip at Detroit on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost three of their last four games, including Friday's 106-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena.
Joe Johnson finished with 31 points for the Hawks, while Zaza Pachulia posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards. Johnson has reached the 30-point mark in three straight games and six times this season.
Hawks forward Josh Smith left Friday's loss in the third quarter after he was poked in the left eye. He is listed as day-to-day.
Atlanta will now open a five-game road trip in Portland, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles and Sacramento. It is 2-4 away from Philips Arena this season.
Portland went 2-0 against Atlanta last season and has won nine straight and 13 of the last 15 meetings. The Hawks haven't defeated the Blazers since a 101-92 victory on January 8, 2002.
Atlanta has lost seven straight after winning its last four at The Rose Garden.
12/03 10:39:08 ET