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New Jersey Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Struggling Teams Meet In Newark

The New Jersey Nets (4-9) return home to the Prudential Center Tuesday night to take on the Atlanta Hawks (8-6).

The Nets wrapped up a 1-3 West coast trip Saturday with a 107-103 loss to the Nuggets with Carmelo Anthony pacing Denver with 28 points and 8 rebounds.

Brook Lopez missed a game-tying layup in the final seconds of that game, but he finished with 20 points as New Jersey scored 100 points for just the second time in seven games.

The Nets are looking for their third win at The Rock, a benchmark they didn't reach at home last season until January 27.  For just the fourth time this season they will have their owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, in the building watching from his box.

The Hawks began the season as one of the hottest teams in the league by winning their first six games. Since then they have only managed to go 2-6. Atlanta was blown out at home by the Boston Celtics Monday night 99-76. They were trailing 39-13 after the first quarter of that game and never made it a game.

Mike Bibby led the Hawks against the Celtics with 11 points, but the rest of the starting lineup only contributed 16 combined.