NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 18th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (30-5) at Atlanta Hawks (10-26), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The NBA-best Detroit Pistons try to extend their winning streak to five games tonight when they visit the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Philips Arena.
Detroit plays the first of a brief two-game road trip. On Monday, Rasheed Wallace scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, to lead the Pistons past the Boston Celtics, 94-84, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Richard Hamilton hit 7-of-11 shots and posted 18 points in the win over Boston for the Pistons, who have won 15 of their past 17 contests overall. Chauncey Billups had 13 points and a game-high 16 assists while Tayshaun Prince also netted 13 points in the victory.
Carlos Delfino added 11 points and Ben Wallace contributed nine points and 14 boards for Detroit, which hit on 50 percent of their shots from the floor, including 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.
The Pistons, who will visit Larry Brown and the New York Knicks on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, are an impressive 14-3 as the visitor this season. They have won two in a row on the road.
Atlanta will try and win its second straight game as it plays the third contest of a season-long seven-game homestand. On Monday, Al Harrington shot a blistering 12-of-16 from the field and scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Hawks to a 94-83 win over the Houston Rockets at Philips Arena.
Joe Johnson added his fifth double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 assists in the win over Houston for the Hawks, who ended a four-game skid. Rookies Salim Stoudamire and Marvin Williams also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points in the victory.
The Hawks are 7-10 at home this season. They will also host Milwaukee, Indiana, Cleveland and Phoenix on the current stand.
This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
Detroit has won three straight and four of the last five meetings in this series. The Pistons have won five straight and six of their last seven at Atlanta.
01/18 10:35:16 ET