2012 NBA Schedule: Hawks face Timberwolves, Cavaliers in back-to-back

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks head back out on the road and will play three of four away from Philips Arena starting with Tuesday's matchup in Minnesota.

The Atlanta Hawks have seen their fair share of back-to-backs lately and face two more this week starting on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. The Hawks are catching a break against the T-Wolves who will be without power forward Kevin Love due to a broken hand. Ricky Rubio is also listed as questionable with a back injury.

From Minnesota the Hawks will travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers. Atlanta has split the two previous meetings losing at home 113-111 and winning 102-94 on the road. Kyrie Irving missed the game in Atlanta but scored a game-high 28 points in the last meeting. The Cavs could also get a key piece back in the lineup to face the Hawks as Anderson Varejao could return to action from a knee injury.

After an off day on Thursday, the Hawks will face another back-to-back starting at home on Friday against the Utah Jazz. Utah begins the week with a 17-18 record and have been scuffling of late. The game will feature the return of Marvin Williams to Atlanta for the first time since being traded over the summer.

Finally the Hawks will close out the week with a return trip to Washington to close out the season series against the Wizards. Atlanta has won all three meetings thus far this season but none can be categorized as easy given that two of the victories required overtime.

Here is a closer look at this week's schedule:

Tuesday, January 8 - @ Timberwolves - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9 - @ Cavaliers - 7 p.m.

Friday, January 11 - Vs. Jazz - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 12 @ Wizards - 7 p.m.

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