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NBA schedule: Hawks face 76ers, Bulls this weekend

The Hawks face the 76ers on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday.

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The Atlanta Hawks have a busy weekend ahead, facing the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Friday before returning home to face the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

The Hawks enter the weekend third in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-8, but are coming off a 100-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Atlanta will be facing a struggling Philadelphia team, losers of five straight, on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

Sixers point guard and leading scorer Jrue Holiday has missed the last four games with a foot injury and is a game-time decision on Friday night. Evan Turner, the Sixers' next leading scorer, is also a game-time decision with an ankle injury. Philadelphia has troubles scoring to begin with, so Atlanta could have a decided advantage if those two sit out.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, the Hawks welcome a Bulls team to Philips Arena that has been playing extremely well without Derrick Rose. Chicago sits at 14-10 on the season and, despite struggling much of the year offensively, remains one of the league's top defensive teams under coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls will have played in New York the night before, but they have fared well on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

Elsewhere in the Southeast Division over the weekend, the division-leading Miami Heat face the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Orlando Magic will be facing those same Jazz on Sunday, and also have a date with the Toronto Raptors on Friday. The Washington Wizards have a home-and-home with the Detroit Pistons, while the Charlotte Bobcats head west to face the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.

Here's the full weekend schedule via SI.com.

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