NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 19th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (53-27) at Atlanta Hawks (13-67), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Central Division champion Detroit Pistons go for their season-high 11th consecutive win this evening, when they take on the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Detroit has won 16 of its last 20 games overall to lock up its division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons continued their red hot play on Sunday, tallying a 90-87 defeat over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 17 in the contest. Hamilton, who also handed out six assists, left the game for several minutes after suffering a cut above his left eye late in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Detroit starting forward Rasheed Wallace was forced to leave the game after straining his left hamstring in the first quarter. Wallace and Hamilton are listed as questionable for tonight's contest. Horace Jenkins could be activated tonight to fill out the Pistons' roster.
Tayshaun Prince netted 15 points and Ben Wallace contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons. Antonio McDyess finished with 11 points and 12 boards in the win.
Detroit shot 46.8 percent from the field, including 4-of-6 (.667) from three- point range. The Pistons drained 12-of-23 (.522) from the free throw line in the contest. Detroit outrebounded the Cavs, 49-45, in the victory.
The Pistons, who have won four straight on the road, are 21-18 in foreign buildings this season. Detroit has actually lost six of its last 11 road games.
Atlanta has nailed down the worst record (13-67) in the league, but did manage a 139-135 overtime victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Tyronn Lue tied a career-high with 32 points, including six in overtime, to lead the Hawks to the win.
Josh Childress added 22 points and 11 boards while Josh Smith had a career- high 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who halted a three-game losing streak and won for only the third time in their last 33 contests.
Boris Diaw netted a season-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. Tom Gugliotta added 14 points and Jason Collier chipped in 12 points in the contest.
The Hawks, who will mercifully finish their campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday, are only 9-31 at home. Atlanta has lost 13 of 14 and 14 of its last 16 home games.
Detroit has won two of three meetings with the Hawks this season, including a 114-108 overtime win at Philips Arena on March 14. The Pistons have won 17 of 21 and 20 of the last 25 meetings overall. Detroit has won four straight and five of its last six at Atlanta.
04/19 10:10:02 ET