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Saturday, April 5th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Hawks (35-41) at Philadelphia 76ers (39-37), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks and the playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers wrap up a home-and-home set tonight at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia is tied with Washington for No. 5 in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, while Atlanta is three games ahead of Indiana for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East.

On Friday, Andre Iguodala scored 30 points, including his team's final 10 of the game, and dished out 10 assists to help the Sixers secure a playoff berth with a 109-104 victory over the Hawks at Philips Arena.

The Sixers are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Andre Miller poured in 23 points in the win over Atlanta for the Sixers, who have won two in a row. Samuel Dalembert and Willie Green both scored 15 points, while Dalembert also grabbed 10 rebounds and rookie Thaddeus Young netted 12 in the victory.

Joe Johnson totaled 32 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who had a five- game winning streak halted. Josh Childress chipped in 20 points, while Marvin Williams scored 19 in the loss.

Philadelphia opens a three-game homestand, and is 21-16 at the Wachovia Center this season. The Sixers will also host the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers on the current stand.

The Hawks begin a three-game road trip, and are 10-27 as the visitor this season. Atlanta will also visit the Pacers and New York Knicks on the swing.

Atlanta has lost 13 of 16 and 15 of its last 19 at Philadelphia.

04/05 10:24:41 ET


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