The Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons square off for the second time in nine days, this time in the Pistons digs at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Hawks team dished out a season-best 35 assists against the Pistons on Dec. 26 in Atlanta and narrowly squeaked out a 126-119 victory in double-overtime.
Atlanta boasts the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 9-5 and an NBA-best 7-1 in the second game of back-to-backs — they’ll be looking to add to those marks tonight with a victory in Detroit.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game # 31, Road Game #15)
Where?: The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit, MI)
When?: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Lou Williams | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Brandon Knight | SG: Kyle Singler | SF: Tyshaun Prince | PF: Jason Maxiell | C: Greg Monroe
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris (sore left foot), Anthony Morrow (right hip strain), and Johan Petro (illness) are doubtful.
Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey (left ankle sprain) is questionable.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (20-10) … Detroit Pistons (12-22)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 3 / ROAD: Won 1 … Detroit Pistons –> OVERALL: Won 3 / HOME: Won 4 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (9-5) on the road … Pistons are (9-8) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Atlanta got back to their winning ways after handling the Hornets 95-86 in New Orleans on New Years day — they previously had their four-game win streak snapped on the road in Houston on New Years Eve. Overall, the Hawks have won 5 of last 6 six games.
Detroit Pistons: Hot. The Pistons have won three straight games and their last four overall at home. Detroit took Atlanta to double-overtime back on Dec. 26 and let the game slip away. They will gunning tonight against the Hawks from the opening tip.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks visit the Motor City for the first time this year in the second-of-three games against the Pistons. Atlanta posted a 126-119 double-overtime triumph in the first meeting on 12/26 at Philips Arena. Josh Smith (31 points/10 rebounds), Al Horford (22 points/10 boards) and Jeff Teague (17 points/11 assists) all had double-doubles for the Hawks, while Will Bynum scored 31 to lead Detroit. Atlanta currently owns a three-game winning streak in the series but dropped the last contest in Detroit on 3/9/12 (86-85). The Hawks lead the all-time series 168-159, including an 80-71 road mark.
LAST MEETING – HAWKS 126, PISTONS 119 (2OT) — ATLANTA, GA — 12/26/12
Atlanta jumped out to a 28-13 after one but Detroit got back in it, closing to 50-45 at the break. The Hawks pushed the lead back to 19 in the third and to as-many-as-22 early in
the fourth. The Pistons wouldn’t go away, outscoring the home team 27-7 over the final seven minutes to force overtime. Atlanta trailed 108-104 with less than two minutes to
play in the extra session but an Al Horford layup and two Jeff Teague free throws evened things up forcing another overtime. Down 112-110 with 2:46 to go, Atlanta went on a 12-2 run to put the game away. Josh Smith (31 points/10 rebounds), Horford (22 points/10 boards) and Teague (17 points/11 assists) all had double-doubles for the Hawks. Lou Williams added 18 points in a career-high 48 minutes and Anthony Morrow put in 16. Will Bynum scored 31 points off the bench for Detroit, helping the Pistons to an 85-30 advantage in bench scoring. Detroit won the battle of the boards, 62-47, but committed 18 turnovers (leading to 25 Hawks points), while Atlanta had just 10 miscues (leading to six Pistons points). The Hawks also had a 36-9 edge in fast break points.
Larry Drew is a former Pistons assistant coach, and played for the club in 1980-81 after being drafted 17th overall in 1980. Al Horford went to high school in Grand Ledge, MI. Will Bynum played his final two collegiate seasons at Georgia Tech. Brian Hill was a Hawks assistant coach from 1986-90. Anthony Morrow (2008-10) and Anthony Tolliver (2009-10) played with Corey Maggette with Golden State. Pistons radio broadcaster Rick Mahorn is a former Hawks assistant coach.
Information was used from the Hawks and Pistons official gamenotes