Hawks at Pistons
A little more than a week after their double-overtime marathon in Atlanta, the Hawks and Pistons will meet again Friday night in Detroit with both teams riding hot streaks. The Hawks have won five of their last six and are coming off a 95-86 win at New Orleans on Tuesday. They will look to improve on their Eastern Conference-best road mark of 9-5.
The loss in Atlanta was Detroit's only setback in its last six games, and the Pistons are riding a season-best three-game win streak after a 103-97 home win over Sacramento on Tuesday. The Hawks have won the past three meetings and six of the last seven, including the double-overtime win in this season's first contest. The Pistons won the most recent clash in Detroit, 86-85 on March 9.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SportSouth, Fox Sports Detroit Plus
ABOUT THE HAWKS (20-10): Atlanta will test Detroit inside with the duo of Josh Smith (16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Al Horford (16 points, 9.6 rebounds). Fourth-year point guard Jeff Teague (13.2 points, 6.7 assists) is an excellent facilitator who also can score in bunches and Lou Williams (14.8 points) has been a big contributor whether starting or coming off the bench. Smith, Horford and Teague all posted double-doubles in the first game against Detroit this season. Reserves Devin Harris (foot) and Anthony Morrow (hip) are listed as doubtful.
ABOUT THE PISTONS (12-22): Detroit is tough in the paint and on the boards with center Greg Monroe (15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds) leading the way inside. Second-year point guard Brandon Knight (14.1 points, 4.6 assists) and veteran Tayshaun Prince (12.3 points, 4.6 rebounds) are having good seasons. The Pistons also are blessed with a deep bench - they got a franchise-record 85 points from their reserves in the last meeting with the Hawks - but the depth has been thinned a bit with key reserve guard Rodney Stuckey (12.1 points, 4.6 assists) listed as questionable after missing the past three games with a sprained left ankle.
1. Atlanta is 7-0 when Horford and Smith record double-doubles in the same game. Horford has 16 double-doubles while Smith has 12.
2. The Pistons have allowed an average of 87.3 points in their 12 wins and 101.7 points in their 22 losses. They've held opponents to 90 points or less in seven of their victories.
3. The Hawks are 44-of-89 (49.4 percent) from 3-point range over the past four games. Kyle Korver (12-of-21), Williams (11-of-25) and John Jenkins (6-of-8) have led the hot shooting from outside.
Hawks 97, Pistons 94