NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 8th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (27-21) at Atlanta Hawks (21-24), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks aim for their fourth straight win when they close out a four-game homestand this evening versus the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena.
Atlanta won the first three contests of the homestand and recorded a 98-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Joe Johnson scored 28 points, including four free throws in the final 23 seconds, to lead Atlanta to a 15-9 home mark this season.
Josh Smith had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Hawks, while Al Horford contributed 15 points and a career-high 20 boards in the win.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will wrap up a short two-game road trip tonight and suffered a 92-77 setback to the Houston Rockets in the opener on Thursday at the Toyota Center.
LeBron James had a game-high 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers, who had a two-game winning streak halted and lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. Larry Hughes finished with 13 points in defeat.
The Cavaliers have dropped two straight on the road and are 12-14 away from Quicken Loans Arena this season. In injury news for Cleveland, forward Drew Gooden missed Thursday's game against Houston with a strained right groin and is questionable for this evening.
The Cavs and Hawks are meeting for the third and final time in the regular season on Friday. Both teams have split a pair of meetings so far, while Cleveland has won four of five, six of eight and 13 of the last 16 matchups.
Cleveland has also won six of its last seven trips to Philips Arena.
02/08 10:42:17 ET