Preview: Heat @ Hawks - 5.30pm ET

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The Miami Heat travel to Atlanta in their final match up of a six game road trip to face a Hawks team who recently returned from a defeat against the Brooklyn Nets in London.

After losing the first three of their games away from Miami, the Heat improved to win the last two, including a 104-96 overtime W against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. 

Both Dwayne Wade and Chris Anderson missed that game with respective knee injuries, and it remains unclear whether either will take part tonights Southeastern division match up. 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was impressed with his teams resilience last time out and will be hoping LeBron and co can replicate against the Hawks:

"I saw some grit.

"Our guys were not happy at halftime and wanted to take a lot more pride in our defense."

The Hawks, meanwhile, have not played since last Thursday but will have to contend with jet-lag after returning from the NBA Global Game in London last week.

Despite having lost their last two games, the Hawks will be the first team with a winning record (20-19) that the Heat have faced on their road trip, and will be looking to avenge the 121-119 loss Dec. 23.

Mike Scott, who scored 17 points against the Nets in London, is adamant the Hawks can win tonight:

"They're beatable.

"In Miami, we had the game right there. We made a few mental mistakes at the end and they got away with one," he told reporters.

DeMarre Carroll, who did not travel with the Hawks to Europe due to the birth of his first child, is expected to return, while Jeff Teague will be hoping to match the 26 points he scored in the last contest with the Heat.

Miami (29-11) are currently second in the Eastern conference, with the Hawks in fourth place.

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