NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 27th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (18-21) at Portland Trail Blazers (25-18), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks have the opportunity to avenge a recent loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers when the two up-and-coming teams collide for the second time in a week tonight at the Rose Garden.
The Hawks and Blazers squared off in Atlanta this past Monday and it took overtime to decide a winner. Portland wound up prevailing by a 111-109 count when Travis Outlaw knocked down a jumper with just nine-tenths of a second remaining in the extra session.
The Trail Blazers have lost two straight games since that hard-fought win, including Friday's 89-79 setback at home to Houston.
Portland shot just 35.7 percent (25-of-70) from the field on the evening and mustered just eight points in the game's final minutes. Brandon Roy topped the Blazers with 23 points and LaMarcus Aldrige added 14 in defeat.
The loss ended an 12-game win streak for the youthful Blazers at the Rose Garden, where the club has compiled an impressive 17-4 mark this season. Portland will be playing the second installment of a six-game homestand this evening.
Atlanta had dropped a season-high four consecutive contests before taking care of the hapless Seattle SuperSonics on Friday. Marvin Williams delivered a career-best 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting to propel the Hawks to a 99-90 victory.
Five other Atlanta players scored in double figures as the Hawks extended Seattle's losing skid to 13 straight games, which tied a franchise record.
Atlanta is at the midpoint of a five-game Western road trip which began with a 107-100 loss at Denver on Wednesday. The Hawks are just 6-12 as the visitor in 2007-08.
Portland has dominated this series in recent years, having emerged victorious in 11 of its last 12 encounters with Atlanta. The Hawks did come away with a win in their most recent visit to the Rose Garden, a 107-96 decision on December 23, 2006.
Prior to that victory, the Hawks had lost seven straight times in Portland.
01/27 10:42:27 ET