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Wednesday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (18-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (13-28), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks play the finale of a five-game road trip when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Hawks are scheduled to host the Clippers on March 14th at Philips Arena.

Atlanta has won two in a row in this series. The Hawks have lost three of their last four contests at the Clippers.

The Hawks are 1-3 on their swing and will try and halt a two-game losing streak. Amare Stoudemire scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half as the Phoenix Suns routed Atlanta, 125-92, on Tuesday at US Airways Center.

Marvin Williams scored 18 points and Josh Childress netted 17 for the Hawks, who have lost six of their last seven games overall. Former Sun Joe Johnson was held to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. Atlanta is 6-14 on the road this season.

After tonight's contest, Atlanta returns home for a four-game stand versus the Nets, Sixers, Lakers and Cavaliers.

The Clippers attempt to halt a three-game losing streak. On Monday, Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out eight assists to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 107-100 victory over the Clippers at the Staples Center.

Tim Thomas ended with a season-high 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who were without starters Chris Kaman and Corey Maggette, both stricken with the flu. Kaman has also been hampered by a bruised left shin.

Veteran Sam Cassell scored 17 points and dished out seven assists, while Quinton Ross contributed 15 points off the bench for the Clippers, who have dropped 15 of their last 19 games overall.

Kaman and Maggette are probable for tonight's contest. Kaman leads the Clippers in rebounding (13.9 rpg), while Maggette is averaging a team-best 20.9 points per game.

The Clippers are 8-15 as the host this season. After tonight's contest they will embark on a seven-game swing with games against the Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Knicks, Celtics, Raptors, Sixers and Bucks.

01/30 10:34:27 ET

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