Detroit Pistons
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#551 Detroit Pistons
vs. #552 Atlanta Hawks

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Written by Chris Kubala
It’s an Eastern Conference matchup between a pair of teams outside the playoff picture down in Hotlanta. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they make the trip to face the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night. Detroit downed Boston 116-103 on the road Wednesday night in their last contest. Atlanta was in action on the road against San Antonio Friday night. The Hawks prevailed over the Suns 123-110 at home in their last game Monday night. In the all-time regular season series between the teams, the Pistons hold a 221-210 edge. This season, the teams split two meetings, with the Pistons taking a 128-103 home win in the most recent matchup on November 22, 2019.

Detroit Pistons Seeking Back to Back Road Wins

Detroit snapped a three-game losing skid as they pulled out a road win over the Celtics on Wednesday night despite missing several key pieces. The Pistons entered Friday tied for third in the Central Division, 21.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Detroit stood tied for ninth, four games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot. Against the Celtics, Detroit led by three after one quarter and trailed by two at the half before outscoring Boston 34-23 in the third quarter. The Pistons opened the fourth quarter with a 17-5 run to take command of the contest for good. Detroit shot a scorching 60.3 percent from the floor, including 12 of 32 from three-point range, and forced 15 Boston turnovers. Sekou Doumbouya led the Pistons with 24 points in the win. The Pistons enter this contest 22nd in the league in scoring offense with 108.5 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 30th in rebounding with 42.2 boards per contest and 14th with 24.5 assists per game. The Pistons are in the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 17th by allowing 111 points per game. Andre Drummond is second on the team with 17.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, two steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes a team-high 18.1 points plus 5.8 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 15.8 points per game. Blake Griffin has averaged 15.5 points plus 4.7 boards a contest since returning to the lineup. Markieff Morris adds 10.9 points plus 3.8 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 10.2 points a night. Detroit is 10th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.5 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are tied for 15th in threes made per game with 11.8 per contest and stand tied for third in three-point shooting as they connect on 37.1 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has been out with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he remains out with no clear timetable for return at this point.  Griffin underwent knee surgery January 7 and is out indefinitely. Kennard is also out with a knee injury and may not return until after the All-Star break.
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