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The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of seven and will try to get back in the win column Wednesday night when they take on Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fresh off of a 98-81 loss to the Miami Heat, the Atlanta Hawks return home to face a Los Angeles Lakers team that could be playing their best basketball of the season. Things aren't going to get any easier for the Hawks who have lost three in a row, six of seven and could be without Jeff Teague on Wednesday night.
Teague rolled an ankle in the third quarter of Tuesday's loss in Miami and is listed as questionable. Following the game he said he wasn't sure if he would be able to play on Wednesday and would see how the ankle felt on Wednesday morning. If Teague can't play it would be a critical blow to the Hawks who are already short of depth at the point guard position.
The Lakers have won four straight and have climbed back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference. After struggling for most of the season they seem to have found their way since the All-Star break. Dwight Howard is also playing much better and recorded a season high 39 points on Tuesday in his first return to Orlando since being traded to Los Angeles.
Atlanta suffered a 99-98 loss in the first meeting with the Lakers as Kobe Bryant scored 34 points including the go ahead bucket.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
Odds: Atlanta is a one point underdog at home to the Lakers