Game Preview: Pistons Look to Bounce Back in Atlanta

This afternoon the Detroit Pistons (27-27) are in Atlanta against the Hawks (17-39) at 3:30 p.m.

The Hawks have lost their last two contests and have dropped three. out of their last five. In their last outing with the Cavaliers, their leading scorer was Dennis Schroeder with 25 points. After the 16-point loss, Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer said that they are looking to fuse in some of the younger players more through this home stretch.

The Pistons dropped their first game since acquiring Blake Griffin, against his former team, the Clippers on Friday night. Griffin Commented on the loss to his former team, “We didn’t, obviously, play the way we wanted to. I didn’t play the way I wanted to. But that’s the NBA. We had a good five-game run, and we’ll get back to work tomorrow.” The Pistons look to get the ball rolling against the leagues worst team this afternoon.

Probable Starting Lineups

Atlanta Hawks
PG-Dennis Schroeder
SG-Kent Bazemore
SF-Taurean Prince
PF-Ersan Ilyasova
C-Miles Plumlee

Detroit Pistons
PG-Ish Smith
SG-Reggie Bullock
SF-Stanley Johnson
PF-Blake Griffin
C-Andre Drummond


For the Hawks injuries, Tyler Cavanaugh is still nursing an ankle injury and may not be back until after the All-Star Break. Okaro White who was just acquired by the Hawks has no timetable for a return with his fractured foot. Sheldon Mac, not injured but listed as out because he is being waived by the Hawks. Also not injured is DeAndre Bembry who is questionable to return after an incident with speeding on an Atlanta interstate.

The Pistons injuries remain the same with Jon Leuer still nursing that ankle injury. Reggie Jackson is no longer wearing a boot and is aiming to be cleared in 2-3 weeks.

Featured Image: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


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