The Atlanta Hawks will try to extend their winning streak to five straight Friday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns in the fourth game of their current six-game road trip. Overall Atlanta has won six of seven and a season-best five straight on the road.
The streak has coincided with the best stretch of the season for center Al Horford who is averaging 25.4 points and 12.4 rebounds over the last seven games. Horford poured in a career-best 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in Wednesday's win over the Utah Jazz.
Horford isn't the only Hawks player currently playing at a high level. The team has found a rhythm and is getting solid performances from Josh Smith and Jeff Teague who have raised their play considerably. Devin Harris is healthy and providing a spark whether in the starting lineup or coming off the bench.
Phoenix comes into Friday's game tied for the worst record in the Western Conference at 20-39 but is also coming off of one of its best victories of the season. The Suns snapped San Antonio's 18-game home winning streak on Wednesday with a 105-101 win. Jermaine O'Neal turned back the clock in that game finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
The game will feature another good battle at the point guard position where Jeff Teague will matchup with the Suns' Goran Dragic who leads Phoenix in scoring, assists and is tied for the team lead in steals. Teague is averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 assists over his last five games.
Game Date/Time: Friday, March 1, 9 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
Odds: Atlanta is favored by 4.5 points over the Suns