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The Atlanta Hawks will host the Orlando Magic in what will start an 8-game home stretch for the Hawks.
Atlanta is currently 4-4 and seems to have hit their regular season stride after a slow start. The potential turnaround was capped off with a 112-96 win at Sacramento on Friday. The Hawks, as a team, were suffering from a bout of the flu virus, which affected many members of the team.
During the game against Sacramento, newly signed Kyle Korver hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to help the Hawks climb to .500.
During the teams issues with the flu, Al Horford and Devin Harris sat out last Wednesday's loss at Golden State, while Josh Smith and Lou Williams were able to play during the team's win at Portland on Nov. 12.
"We had guys not playing, guys playing sick, but we persevered and got through it," Williams told reporters. "We wanted to break even on this trip before we headed back to Atlanta to get prepared for our homestand."
The one bright spot for the Hawks has been Korver, who is averaging 17.3 points per game while hitting 11 of 14 3-pointers in his last three games.
The Hawks have topped 100 points in their first time in six games have made at least seven 3-pointers in all eight games.
The Orlando Magic have gotten off to a slow start this season and find themselves a lowly 3-6 and are coming off a tough 97-86 loss at Toronto on Sunday.
The injury-riddled Magic will have to contend with key injuries to regular starters. Al Harrington, who is recovering from a knee injury, and Hedo Turkoglu will miss tonight's game, but will be cheering their team on from the bench in hopes they avoid the team's seventh loss in eight games.
Glen Davis, who is Orlando's new big man after Dwight Howard signed with the Lakers, will go for his fourth double-double in five games after finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday.
Tip-off for the game is at 7:30 p.m. and can be watched online here.