NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 5th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (22-38) at Miami Heat (29-29), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat continue a six-game homestand this evening when they welcome the ice-cold Atlanta Hawks to the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat got their residency off to a great start on Friday behind one of Shaquille O'Neal's best games of the 2006-07 campaign.
The center had a season-high 31 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and added a season-best six assists, as Miami blew a 22-point lead before pulling out an 85-82 triumph over Detroit.
O'Neal will be expected to carry the load for the Heat as Dwyane Wade is still out indefinitely because of a dislocated left shoulder.
Antoine Walker added 22 points for Miami, which won its eighth in a row at home to move its mark at AmericanAirlines Arena this season to 17-10. The Heat have won three of their last four overall and are tied with Indiana for the sixth overall spot in the Eastern Conference.
Miami, which will also host Chicago, Minnesota, Washington and Utah on its stand, trails the Wizards by four games in the Southeast Division.
The Hawks, meanwhile, will try to prevent their losing streak from reaching six straight games against a team it has had little success against as of late.
Atlanta has dropped 11 of its past 12 games to the Heat, and nine in a row at Miami. In fact, the Hawks have just one win in their past 19 road games against the Heat.
Miami recorded a 93-88 overtime triumph over Atlanta in November in the first meeting between the two clubs this season. The teams will meet two more times this year in late March.
Atlanta's current losing skid reached five games on Saturday when the Hawks fell to New York, 104-100 in overtime. Joe Johnson had 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
Josh Smith added 20 points, 11 boards and three blocks for the Hawks, who had a three-game home win streak halted and are on their longest losing streak this season since dropping eight in a row from December 16-January 5.
The Hawks are 12-20 on the road this season and is currently in a three-way tie with Charlotte and Philadelphia for the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta returns home for four games, beginning with a tilt against Washington on Wednesday.
03/05 11:03:17 ET