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Wednesday, March 14th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (26-39) at Boston Celtics (18-45), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The streaking Atlanta Hawks play the first of a short two- game road trip when they visit the Boston Celtics tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.

This is the third of four meetings between the squads this season. The Hawks won the previous two contests and have captured four of the last five games in the series overall.

The Hawks, who have won two in a row at Boston, are scheduled to host the Celtics on April 10th at Philips Arena.

Atlanta attempts to win a season-best fifth straight game tonight. Josh Smith scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 17 boards as Hawks knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-92, on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

Josh Childress and Zaza Pachulia both had 15 points, and Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won their last four games following a six- game slide. Marvin Williams ended with 14 points, while Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue netted 10 apiece.

The Hawks are 12-21 on the road this season. They will visit the Indiana Pacers on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Boston tries to halt a two-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Tyrus Thomas had finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Luol Deng and Ben Wallace scored 19 points apiece in Chicago's 95-87 victory over the Celtics at the United Center.

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 24 points, while Delonte West and Al Jefferson contributed 19 points apiece in the loss to Chicago for the Celtics, who have dropped three of their last four games overall.

The Celtics are a dismal 8-23 at home this season. After tonight's contest, they will embark on a three-game road trip. Boston will visit Dallas, San Antonio and the Hornets on the upcoming swing.

03/14 11:01:48 ET


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