The Hawks hope to avoid their 10th straight loss to open the season when they meet the Celtics at Philips Arena.
A 30-point performance from rookie guard Salim Stoudamire wasn’t enough, as the Hawks again failed to notch their first victory of the season when they were edged Friday 95-92 by the New Orleans Hornets.
The 6-1 guard, selected by Atlanta with the first pick in the second round of this year’s draft, shot 11 of 15 from the floor in just 29 minutes.
“It was just one of those nights where the basket was like a huge bucket,” Stoudamire said. “But we lost, so it doesn’t mean anything to me.”
This also marks Atlanta’s first game against an Eastern Conference opponent. The Hawks have won three of their last four home games against Boston.
The Celtics are coming off a 115-93 road loss Tuesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Former Cavalier Ricky Davis scored 27 points and Paul Pierce added 24, but they combined to commit nine of Boston’s 20 turnovers.
The Celtics have now dropped three of their last four games and fell to 0-3 on the road this season. Boston has allowed its opponents to reach the 100-point mark in five of its six losses this season.
Although the Celtics are scoring an average of 97.6 points per game this season, their defense is allowing an average of 100.8 points per contest.
Perhaps the lone bright spot during Boston’s recent struggles has been Davis, who has averaged 26.3 points per contest in his last four games.
Davis, who was booed by Cleveland’s fans Tuesday night, enjoys the attention on the road.
“I like it when they are hard on me,” Davis said. “It keeps me working.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 22): Celtics - 3rd place, 2 GB, Atlantic Division. Hawks - 5th place, 5 1/2 GB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Celtics - Pierce, 25.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg; Davis, 6 apg. Hawks - Johnson, 18.7 ppg and 4.6 assists; Pachulia, 9.7 rpg.
2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Celtics, 3-1.
LAST MEETING: April 1; Celtics, 116-100. At Atlanta, Davis scored 36 points on 14-of-17 shooting to lead the Celtics. Josh Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Celtics - 0-3 on the road. Hawks - 0-3 at home.