Utah looks to continue its home dominance over the league-worst Hawks when the teams meet at the Delta Center.
Utah has won 11 straight home meetings against Atlanta and is 12-1 all-time in the series at the Delta Center. The Jazz, winners of five straight overall in the series, haven’t lost at home to the Hawks since a 121-112 defeat on Feb. 13, 1993.
The Jazz, though, have struggled at the Delta Center lately. They have lost four straight there to drop to a Western Conference-worst 2-7 at home, compared to a 5-4 mark on the road.
They opened a season-high five-game homestand Monday with a 91-77 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Mehmet Okur scored 14 points for the Jazz, who are averaging 82.6 points on 38.2 percent shooting from the field at home while opponents are scoring 91.2 points per game at the Delta Center.
“They executed and pretty much did what they wanted to do,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “That is what a veteran team can do and we got lost too many times.”
Andrei Kirilenko played well in his third game back from an ankle injury with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Utah is still without forward Carlos Boozer (hamstring) and center Greg Ostertag (back).
The Hawks suffered their sixth straight loss, 125-116 at Denver on Tuesday despite a season-high 35 points from Al Harrington.
Tyronn Lue finished with 16 points and eight assists and made a pair of 3-pointers late in the third to keep the Hawks close.
Atlanta, which has lost nine of 10 on the road, played without forward Josh Smith, who began serving a two-game suspension for elbowing Phoenix guard Raja Bell in the head in the Hawks’ 112-94 loss to the Suns on Sunday.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 6): Hawks - 5th place, 7 1/2 GB, Southeast Division. Jazz - 4th place, 4 GB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Johnson, 18.1 ppg and 5.2 apg; Pachulia, 9.4 rpg. Jazz - Okur, 18 ppg and 8.4 rpg; Williams, 4.7 apg.
2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Jazz, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: March 2; Jazz, 96-74. At Salt Lake City, Okur scored 19 points and Kirilenko had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 51.5 percent from the floor and never trailed.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 1-9 on the road; Jazz - 2-7 at home.