The Atlanta Hawks wrap up their 3-game road trip tonight in Orlando against the Magic at 7:00 PM. The Hawks are 1-1 thus far in the road trip after beating Memphis 93-83 on Sunday (12/8) and falling to the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat 101-92 on Monday (12/10).
The Hawks rank fifth in the NBA in points allowed (94.0) and have allowed only
one team to shoot better than 50% in a game this season –Miami Heat on 12/10. Atlanta is second in the league in forced turnovers per game (17.6), third in steals (9.2), and third in points off turnovers (19.1).
All-star center Al Horford has recorded six straight double-doubles, averaging 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.5 % during the streak. His career-long is eight straight double-doubles.
Horford is the only player in the Eastern Conference, and one-of-two players in the entire NBA with the other being Warriors big man David Lee, to average better than 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the season.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic
What?: 3-game road trip finale (Game # 19, Road Game #9)
Where?: Amway Center (Orlando, FL)
When?: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 – 7:00 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Anthony Morrow | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Jameer Nelson | SG: Aaron Afflalo | SF: Mo Harkless | PF: Gien Davis | C: Nikola Vucevic
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver (back spasms) is day-to-day.
Orlando Magic: Al Harrington (right knee rehab) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken left hand) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (12-6) … Orlando Magic (8-12)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Orlando Magic –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Lost 3 / ROAD: Won 1
Away/Home Records: Hawks are (5-3) on the road … Magic (4-5) at home
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm.
Orlando Magic: Cold.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks head to Orlando for the first time this year in the second-of-four contests with the Magic. Atlanta recorded an 81-72 home triumph in Game 1, behind 15 points from Al Horford, while Glen Davis scored 11 for the Magic. The Hawks visit Orlando again on 2/13 and host the Magic on 3/30 to close-out the season series. Atlanta owns a seven-game winning streak against the Magic, including three straight in Orlando. The Magic’s last win in the series was a 93-89 home victory on 11/8/10. Orlando leads the all-time series 45-44, including a 30-15 edge at home.
Zaza Pachulia spent his rookie season (2003-04) with Orlando, where DeShawn Stevenson also played part of that year (Stevenson played in Orlando through 2005-06). Bob Weiss is a former Magic assistant coach. Al Horford attended the University of Florida. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn had two separate stints in a Hawks uniform, playing all 82 games in 2001-02 and 72 contests in 2003-04. Al Harrington played for the Hawks from 2004-06, appearing in 142 games (18.1 ppg). Jeff Teague and Ish Smith were college teammates at Wake Forest (2007-09). Hawks assistant coach Lester Conner coached Josh McRoberts as an assistant with Pacers (2008-10). Johan Petro and Arron Afflalo were teammates in Denver in 2009-10. Anthony Morrow and Harrington were teammates briefly with Golden State in 2008-09. Lou Williams and Nikola Vucevic teamed-up in Philadelphia during the 2011-12 campaign.