The Atlanta Hawks look to remain undefeated when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to town on Monday. Atlanta is coming off a 122-112 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Detroit lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in double-overtime on Saturday, 128-119.
Atlanta enters as a seven-point favorite in this contest. Detroit has won the last two matchups, including a 136-103 victory in January. In fact, they have both out the Hawks in each of the last contests and hold a 7-3 edge in the last 10 meetings.
Pistons Fall in Double-Overtime
The Pistons had every opportunity to close out the Cavaliers on Saturday evening, but could not get the job done. Detroit took the lead in this contest, thanks to a 14-0 run to close out the third quarter, but gave away an eight-point lead with just under three minutes left, then lost in double-overtime.
Blake Griffin scored 26 and added six rebounds and four assists. Jerami Grant was the leading scorer, dropping in 28 and he led the team with 10 boards. Five Pistons players scored in double-digits.
Detroit is averaging 110.0 ppg while allowing 119.5. They are shooting 44.50 from the field and are only 24th in the NBA in three-point shooting (30.0%) despite taking the third most three-point attempts (40.0).
Griffin leads the team in scoring at 20.5 ppg. Grant is second at 18.5. Mason Plumlee is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.5 per game and Detroit is averaging 50.5 rebounds per contest.
Young Sends Hawks Soaring over Grizzlies
Trae Young scored eight consecutive points down the stretch, spurring the Atlanta Hawks to a 122-112 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Young finished with a team-high 36, shooting 10 of 24 from the field, but drilling 15 of his 17 free throw attempts. He added nine assists.
John Collins (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Deandre Hunter (15, 11) each chipped in a double-double. Bruno Fernando came off the bench to grab 10 boards, and Kevin Huerter scored 21 off the bench.
Atlanta has looked very good early on. They are seventh in the NBA in scoring at 123.0 ppg, while allowing 108.0, ninth least in the league. Atlanta has been helping themselves early by drawing fouls. They are tops in free-throw attempts per game at 28.5 and have hit on 85.1%, second best.
Young has been an absolute beast early on, averaging 36.5 ppg, in only 30.5 minutes. Six other Hawks are averaging in double-digits. Young is tops in assists at 8.0 and Bogdan Bogdanovic is the top rebounder at 8.0 per game.