Date: February 21, 2014
Tip-Off Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: SportSouth (Local in Atlanta), NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Atlanta Hawks Radio Network Affiliates
Live Stream: League Pass Broadband
The Atlanta Hawks (25-28) find themselves in their worst stretch in recent memory. The Hawks have lost their first two games out of the all-star break to Indiana and Washington and have now lost seven straight games. To make matters worse, the Hawks haven’t been close to winning a game in what seems like forever, during their seven game slide, the defeats have been by an average of more than 10 points.
The Hawks will battle the Detroit Pistons, who at 22-32, have largely been a disappointment. After making some of the biggest off season acquisitions, signing long-time Hawks star Josh Smith and former Bucks point-guard Brandon Jennings, the Pistons have struggled to find any sort of grove. The Pistons have fired Maurice Checks, but that hasn’t seemed to lite a fire as the Pistons have gone just 1-3 since.
The Hawks have been fully depleted by injuries this season. With Al Horford out for the season, the Hawks have lost Gustavo Ayon and Pero Antic to injuries in recent weeks and they will be unavailable tonight. The Hawks also have some question marks coming into the game. Starters Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll are both listed as game time decisions with injuries as well.
The Pistons certainly have their strengths, they are lead by Andre Drummond 13 points and 13 rebounds every game. The Pistons are the number one offensive rebounding team in the NBA, but as their record would indicate the Pistons have their flaws they are the worst three-point shooting team in the league.
Back in November, the Hawks and the Pistons matched up in two consecutive games. In a weird scheduling quirk, the two teams played a home and home without an opponent in between. The Pistons took both games from the Hawks. Josh Smith struggled in both match-ups, and in the second game, Smith did not start because of disciplinary reasons and did not score a point in the game.
Our pals in Las Vegas have had a bit of trouble setting a line based on some injury news (Jeff Teague, chiefly), but as of the time of this post, Atlanta is a 3.5-point underdog in the game. Right now, it would be extremely hard to take a side on this game. The Pistons have been inconsistent all year long, but the Hawks are on an awful run. The difference may relay on if Teague and Carroll are able to go.
Stay tuned for more information (follow us on twitter @ATLBeatBlog) and be sure to check back tonight for a full game recap.