Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/18/14
With six games remaining, the Atlanta Hawks realize time is running out in their bid to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers are simply trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Hawks will try to stay within striking distance of the fourth spot in the East and push the visiting 76ers closer to elimination Friday night. Atlanta (42-34) looks to wrap up its four-game homestand with three wins after a 95-82 loss to red-hot New York on Wednesday moved it further behind Brooklyn for fourth place. The Hawks have an opportunity to make up some ground as they begin a final stretch that includes four games against teams with losing records. These teams will meet again in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and they've split the first two matchups with each claiming a double-digit victory on its home floor. Jeff Teague had 27 points and 11 assists and Al Horford added 21 and 12 rebounds as the Hawks shot 53.8 percent o...
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