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Tuesday, April 15th (All times eastern)

Orlando Magic (50-30) at Atlanta Hawks (37-43), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The playoff drought is over for the Atlanta Hawks, who will wrap up their homestand tonight versus the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena.

Atlanta captured its first postseason berth since the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign after Indiana lost to Washington on Monday night. The No. 8 Hawks will now face the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Hawks opened the short two-game homestand with Saturday's 99-89 setback to the Celtics, as Joe Johnson poured in 21 points and handed out eight assists in a losing effort. Al Horford contributed 17 points and 11 boards, while Mike Bibby finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks, who lost for just the third time in 10 tries. The Hawks are 25-15 at Philips Arena this season.

Atlanta will close out the regular season on Wednesday at Miami. It is 12-28 as the visitor in 2007-08.

Orlando is headed to the playoffs for a second straight season, and will conclude a brief two-game road trip on Tuesday. It is 26-14 this season as the guest and opened the swing with Sunday's 104-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and dished out eight assists, while Dwight Howard added 19 points for the Magic, who have alternated wins and losses over the last eight games, and are locked into the third spot in the East. The Magic will face No. 6 Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

The Magic will close out the regular season on Wednesday versus Washington. They are 24-16 at Amway Arena this season.

Atlanta is 2-1 against the Magic this season, and has won four of the last five meetings in the series.

Orlando is winless in its last six trips to Philips Arena.

04/15 10:32:30 ET


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