NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (23-23) at Atlanta Hawks (17-27), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors hit the floor tonight to take on the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
The Raptors, who own a one-game lead over New Jersey in the division, have won four of their last five games, including Wednesday's 119-109 home victory over the Washington Wizards.
Chris Bosh posted a game-high 34 points and Jose Calderon had a career-high 24 points and 11 assists for the Raptors. Toronto guard T.J. Ford (ankle) missed four straight games, but returned to notch four points and a pair of assists.
Toronto is 8-16 as the visitor this season.
Meanwhile, the Hawks will wrap up a four-game homestand tonight and have won two straight and four of their last five games.
Atlanta posted a 115-94 victory over Golden State on Wednesday, as Joe Johnson scored 33 points and Josh Childress added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win.
Marvin Williams netted 17 points for the Hawks, while Zaza Pachulia posted 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Atlanta, which is 9-12 at Philips Arena this season and 9 1/2 games off the Southeast Division.
Hawks guard Speedy Claxton (sore left knee) is probable for Friday's game against Toronto after missing the previous 11 games.
Friday's showdown between Toronto and Atlanta is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. The Hawks are 2-1 in the season series, but Toronto has won six of nine and seven of the last 11 meetings.
The Raptors have won five of their last seven trips to Atlanta.
02/02 10:30:39 ET