The Atlanta Hawks will try to put their recent struggles behind them as they head out on the road for a five-game road trip that begins with a western swing starting in Los Angeles against the Lakers. From there Atlanta will make stops in Phoenix on Wednesday and Portland on Saturday. Following that three-game stretch the Hawks return East for games in Chicago on Feb 20 and New York on Feb 22.
Atlanta in 9-5 at home and on the road this season but is just 1-4 in its last five home games. Conversely the Hawks have won four of its last five road games.
In Los Angeles on Tuesday Atlanta will once again be facing a much larger opponent. The Lakers survived a scare on Sunday when they beat the Raptors 94-92. One area that Atlanta will have a distinct advantage should be at the point guard position where Jeff Teague could be a major factor.
Atlanta will play its first back-to-back set since January 20-21 on Wednesday with a rematch against the Suns. Phoenix knocked off Atlanta 99-90 earlier this month with a big night from Steve Nash. Atlanta will enjoy two days off following that game before Saturday's game in Portland. The Blazers have struggled of late and are reportedly considering inserting Jamal Crawford into the starting lineup at point guard.