NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 4th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (27-47) at New Jersey Nets (34-39), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets close out a brief two-game homestand when they welcome the Atlanta Hawks this evening to Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey has won three of its last four games, including Saturday's 86-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the opener of the stand. Vince Carter scored 19 points, including 13 in the third quarter, while Richard Jefferson chipped in 14 points and Jason Kidd donated 12 points and eight assists for the Nets, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Nets have won two straight at home and are 20-17 at the Meadowlands this season.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have dropped six in a row and suffered a 105-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at Philips Arena.
Josh Smith posted 24 points and pulled down 12 boards for the Hawks, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds, Tyronn Lue netted 15 points and Josh Childress scored 12 in defeat.
Atlanta has lost nine straight on the road and is 12-25 away from Philips Arena this season. Had the Hawks won more games as the visitor this season, maybe they wouldn't be seven games off a playoff spot.
Wednesday's game between Atlanta and New Jersey is the third and final meeting of the regular season. The season series is split so far, but New Jersey has won three of four and seven of the last nine meetings.
Atlanta snapped a nine-game series road losing streak with a 101-99 overtime win on February 4 this season. It has lost 15 of its last 18 at New Jersey.
04/04 10:45:40 ET