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The Atlanta Hawks look to extend their winning streak to five straight games Wednesday night when they face the Toronto Raptors

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have won four straight and nine of ten heading into Wednesday's matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Despite their recent surge, the Hawks find themselves just one game up on the Miami Heat for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday's game is the first of four remaining for Atlanta against the Raptors and the Cavaliers.

Wednesday's game has perhaps a more important meaning than conference positioning. The Hawks need to show the rest of the league and themselves that they can compete with the best teams in the conference. Atlanta has dropped three straight in the series against Toronto and Wednesday's game is an opportunity to make a statement.

Atlanta held on for a 102-100 win in Chicago on Monday behind 26 points from Jeff Teague. The Hawks have won four straight on the road dating back to a 104-96 loss in Toronto on March 10.

Toronto comes into Wednesday's game having lost 3 of 4 including a 119-100 setback to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Point guard Kyle Lowry is battling a sore elbow and finished just 4 for 14 from the field against the Thunder.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM