ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic battles for position in the paint against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Hawks travel to Orlando Friday for their first meeting with the Magic since ousting them in the first-round of last season's playoffs.
The Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 97-87 win over the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. Now the Hawks head back out on the road and will play six of their next seven away from Philips Arena beginning with a Friday night matchup against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
The last time they Hawks saw the Magic they were eliminating them from the first-round of the playoffs and setting into motion an uneasy situation surrounding Howard and his impending free agency. As trade rumors have swirled around Howard, the Magic (16-10) have been up and down virtually the entire season.
The timing could be bad for the Hawks as they go into this game without Jason Collins who played a big part in defending Howard in Atlanta's playoff win. The Hawks are also without Al Horford who was previously lost for the rest of the regular season and signed Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract on Thursday to help provide some depth to their frontcourt.
Game date/time: Friday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband
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