The Pistons(5-5) head to Atlanta to play the struggling Hawks(3-8)
Although the Hawks aren’t a great team, these are the kind of games the Pistons need to win handily to prove themselves as a legit team in the east. On Wednesday, they did their job leaving out of Orlando with the win but it was still closer than most fans would like (103-96). The Hawks a young team with some promising talent, especially Trae Young and Taurean Prince, it’ll be up to the Pistons to put forward a solid defensive effort and ensure that Young keeps having the shooting struggles he has this year, shooting only 42% from the field and a lowly 27% from beyond the arc.
Last season the Pistons were (3-1) in the 4 matchups that the team played, they should look to continue that winning trend against Atlanta and hope to get back over .500 on the season.
Look for Andre Drummond to continue his streak of good games against a team that doesn’t shine in the big man department. Last game Drummond was one rebound away from another 20-20 game in which he picked up his 3rd first-half double-double which leads the league.
The Hawks aren’t that touted at center with unproven Alex Len starting and Mile Plumlee coming off of the bench. Also, expect to see Glenn Robinson iii to start again even though Stanley Johnson outperformed him last night out, coach Casey really likes the offensive threat that Robinson brings which makes the defense respect the shooters out on the arc freeing up more space in the paint for Drummond and Griffin.
More than likely this game will come down to which team can stay more consistent on the offensive side of the floor, with both teams sitting amongst the bottom of the league in offensive rating.
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Reggie Bullock
SF: Glenn Robinson iii
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Trae Young
SG: Kent Bazemore
SF: Deandre Bembry
PF: Omari Spellman
C: Alex Len
Injuries: John Collins (out) ankle injury(No timetable for return)