The Timberwolves -- losers of seven straight on the road -- look to win in Atlanta for the first time in more than four years when they conclude their season series with the Hawks on Saturday night.
Minnesota (27-34) hasn't posted a road win since a 101-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 27, and is 9-21 away from the Target Center.
Three straight losses by the Timberwolves in Atlanta (24-39) have been particularly perplexing, considering the Hawks have been one of the league's worst teams in that span. Minnesota hasn't won in Atlanta since a 103-93 triumph on Nov. 20, 2002.
Time is running out for the Timberwolves' playoff push as they have dropped seven of their last nine overall. They're in 12th place in the Westen Conference, but just two games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers.
"We're trying to get something going," Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett said, after his team failed to gain ground following a 105-91 road loss to Miami on Friday night. "It's not like we're gaining days here. We're running out of games to try to get back in this race -- if we are really trying to make the playoffs."
Garnett had 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Heat for his 52nd double-double this season.
Garnett, though, had an unusually flat offensive performance in Minnesota's 105-88 loss to Atlanta on Jan. 17 in the teams' first meeting, missing his first seven shots and managing just 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
Ricky Davis added 21 points for the Timberwolves on Friday. He is averaging 29.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his last three games.
Atlanta has won two straight after losing six in a row, finding success despite being without leading scorer Joe Johnson (calf) and Speedy Claxton (knee). Their status for this game is uncertain.
Josh Smith scored 20 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 11.5 seconds left, to give the Hawks a 106-105 win over lowly Memphis on Friday night. Smith scored the decisive point on a free throw even though he's one of the team's weaker foul shooters, making 69.0 percent of his shots from the line.
"When I stepped up to the line, I felt confident," said Smith, adding that every day before shootaround and practice, he makes at least 50 free throws.
Johnson, averaging 25.0 points, scored 29 and added eight assists to lead Atlanta in its last matchup with Minnesota. Smith had 21 points in that game.
The Hawks, 12-18 at home this season, are looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season there.