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Magic vs. Hawks: Can Orlando Reverse Trend Against Reeling Hawks

The Hawks are without their two biggest scorers. Can the Magic take advantage and win at Atlanta for the first time in six games?

Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) brings the ball up court against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. Orlando Magic defeat the New Jersey Nets 108-91. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) brings the ball up court against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. Orlando Magic defeat the New Jersey Nets 108-91. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks have won the last five games, playoffs included, at Philips Arena against the Orlando Magic entering Thursday night's game. But without guard Joe Johnson, out because of tendenitis in his left knee, the Hawks have hit a cold streak as of late losing five of their last six games and are trying to avoid a season-high four game losing streak.

Orlando though has won six of their last seven games to push their record to 22-12 with Dwight Howard continuing to lead the Magic with over 20 points and 15 rebounds per game. Ryan Anderson has also provided a scoring spark for the Magic. He scored 21 points the last time these two teams met on Feb. 10, an 89-97 Hawks victory in overtime.

In addition to not have Joe Johnson, Al Horford is also out with a pectoral tear. So with Atlanta without its two best scorers the Hawks will be hard pressed to continue their home dominance against Orlando

The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip off with television coverage on Fox Sports Florida.

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