NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 11th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (11-10) at Atlanta Hawks (10-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors attempt to win back-to-back games when they visit the surging Atlanta Hawks tonight at Philips Arena.
This is the first meeting of the campaign between the squads. The teams split four contests last season.
Toronto has won four of its last five at Atlanta.
The Raptors are fresh off an impressive victory at home. On Sunday, Chris Bosh returned to the lineup and scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots as Toronto defeated the Houston Rockets, 93-80, at the Air Canada Centre.
Bosh missed the previous five games with a strained groin. He was 7-of-17 from the floor and hit 7-of-9 free throws for the Raptors, who ended a two- game slide and won for just the second time in five games.
Kris Humphries added 16 points and nine boards in the win over Houston for Toronto, which rallied from a 14-point first quarter deficit to lead by as many as 17 points in the fourth stanza. Carlos Delfino ended with 12 points and Anthony Parker scored 11 in the victory.
Forward Andrea Bargnani (hyperextended left knee) is questionable for Toronto. Bargnani has missed four straight contests. He is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Toronto is 4-5 on the road this season. The Raptors return home to host reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
Atlanta tries to win a season-best fourth straight game. A victory tonight would push the Hawks above the .500 mark this late in a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
Josh Smith scored 25 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked four shots, as Atlanta knocked off the Orlando Magic, 98-87, on Monday at Amway Arena.
Joe Johnson played all 48 minutes and finished with 24 points in the win over Orlando for the Hawks, who are on a season-high three-game winning streak.
The Hawks are 6-5 at home this season. They will visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, before returning home for a three-game stand. Atlanta will host Charlotte, Utah and Miami on the upcoming homestand.
12/11 10:34:51 ET