Tonight in the NBA: Hawks take on Bulls

Tonight in the NBA: Hawks take on Bulls
February 2, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The 76ers are off tonight after Friday night's victory against the Kings, earning their first back-to-back wins in two months (see story).

Nick Young has shown great improvement recently, but it's important to wonder if the new "Swaggy P" is here for good (see story).

Here is a look at the notable games in the league tonight:

Bulls at Hawks, 7 p.m.
The Chicago Bulls may be shorthanded Saturday as they visit the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bulls played just eight players in Friday's loss to Brooklyn. Joakim Noah (foot), Carlos Boozer (hamstring) and Kirk Hinrich (elbow) were all sidelined for the game.

Taj Gibson, Luol Deng and Nate Robinson each played more than 40 minutes last night, which could be trouble against a well-rested Hawks team.

The Hawks are coming off Wednesday's 93-92 victory over Toronto in which Al Horford had the go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds left in the game. It was Atlanta's fourth win in five games.

The two teams last met on Jan. 14 when the Bulls' stingy defense held the Hawks to a 58 points, including a franchise-low 20 in the first half.

Kings at Knicks, 7:30 pm.
The New York Knicks, seeking a fourth straight victory, host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

Despite a top 10 offense, the Knicks have won recently with the strength of their defense. In their last eight games, they have held their opponents to 91.5 points per contest.

A key factor in the Knicks' recent success has been Amare Stoudemire's role off the bench. In his past eight contests, he's averaged 16 points on 62.7 percent shooting.

The Kings enter the game having lost six of their past seven games, including Friday night's 89-80 defeat to the Sixers. They continue to struggle on the road as well, where they've gone 5-18.

The two teams last met on Dec. 28 when the Kings pulled out a 106-105 victory thanks to a James Johnson three-pointer at the buzzer. The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire and Raymond Felton because of injuries.

Jazz at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m.
The Utah Jazz visit the Portland Trail Blazers as they look to sweep a home-and-home set.

Friday, the Jazz beat the Blazers, 86-77, thanks to a defense that held Portland to 36.7 percent shooting.

Al Jefferson led the way for the Jazz with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jefferson has surpassed 20 points in three of his past four games.

LaMarcus Aldridge struggled on Friday, finishing 6 of 17 from the floor for 16 points.

Gordon Hayward is doubtful for the Jazz as he missed his third straight game with a sprained right shoulder Friday.

The Trail Blazers may be without Wes Matthews after he rolled his ankle driving to the hoop in Friday's game.

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