Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20th Game Preview: Detroit Pistons (25-44) @ Atlanta Hawks 39-30

TIP-OFF: 2pm (EST)

Not just are the Hawks playing at two o'clock on the Sunday afternoon of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Hawks are playing at two o'clock on the Sunday afternoon of the Publix Georgia Marathon and the accompanying downtown street closings. I suspect five thousand fans present at tip-off is an optimistic hope.

TELEVISION
: SportSouth

GAME NOTES: Hawks/Pistons

ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: None.

DETROIT INJURY REPORT: Jonas Jerebko is out.

BY THE NUMBERS

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
DET (off)
88.8
1.07
49
20.2
27 12.2
ATL (def)
89.4 1.063 49.1
27.2
25.6
14.3

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
DET (def)
88.8
1.115
52.5 30.3
28.3 13.9
ATL (off)
89.2 1.064
50.1
20.5
23.8
15.4

OTHER PERSPECTIVES
: Piston Powered

FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -7.5, 189.5 o/u

PREVIOUSLY...the Detroit Pistons won two home games this week, 107-93 over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and 99-95 over the New York Knicks on Friday. The Pistons have not won a road game in over a month, however.

The Hawks have won two of three games against the Pistons this season, splitting the games in Detroit (losing 103-80 on December 14th and winning 94-79 on Valentine's Day) and winning the previous meeting in Atlanta 94-85 back on November 3rd.

Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

I cant even give away my 6th row center tickets

Bronn said...

Speaking of which, what's the deal with Kansas? I (somewhat reluctant) picked them to win it all in my pool, but the fact that they let Boston U. hang around for over a half worries me.

Re: the Hawks, it will be interesting to see if there's any noticeable effect from the players-only meeting, or if we'll see Josh Smith the Jumpshooter return.

Bret LaGree said...

Bronn --

Kansas is pretty much the same team as last season: highly variable in their performances (often within a game) due to not-especially-good guard play. That's been mitigated some this season because no one's operating under the delusion that Sherron Collins is really good. Then again, no one has replaced Cole Aldrich's defensive impact though the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson do a really good job on the defensive glass.

In short, they're clearly again one of the two-to-four best college teams in a season where "best" could also be defined as "least bad."