NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 26th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (14-26) at Orlando Magic (23-20), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks wrap up a four-game road trip this evening when they visit the division-rival Orlando Magic at Amway Arena.
Atlanta is 1-2 on the trip and ended a three-game losing streak with Wednesday's 82-76 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. Josh Smith posted 21 points and 11 rebounds to help erase an 18-point deficit in the third quarter.
Joe Johnson also posted 21 points, while Josh Childress contributed 14 for the Hawks, who are near the basement in the Southeast Division and 7-15 away from Philips Arena this season.
Orlando, meanwhile, has lost six of its last seven games, including Tuesday's 111-95 setback to the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Arena.
Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 23 points, while Hedo Turkoglu collected 17 points. Dwight Howard posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who are two games off the lead in the Southeast standings and 14-8 as the host this season.
Friday's game is the third of four meetings this season, and the series is tied at a game apiece. Both teams have split the last six meetings.
Atlanta has lost five straight, 13 of 14 and 15 of its last 17 at Orlando.
01/26 15:05:57 ET