Pistons look to extend road winning streak in Atlanta

The Pistons are 10-10 on the road.

Tim Fuller

The Atlanta Hawks’ 12-game winning streak survived through a four-game trip that included stops against two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

A home game against the formerly hapless Detroit Pistons, however, might prove to be the greater threat to the run.

The teams meet Monday in Atlanta with the Pistons looking to end the Eastern leader’s run while also extending their own road streak to a franchise-record eight games.

The Hawks (33-8) return home after winning games on back-to-back nights in Chicago and Toronto, and Saturday’s 107-99 victory over the Bulls matched the franchise’s second-longest winning streak. They’re two wins away from tying the record of 14 set in the 1993-94 season and have won 26 of 28 dating to Nov. 28.

"I think we’re gaining confidence by the game," Kyle Korver said.

That’s especially true for Korver, who scored a game-high 24 points against his former team with a 7-of-9 mark from 3-point range. The shooting guard is 39 for 66 (59.1 percent) from long range over the past 10 games.

As a team, the Hawks have made at least 10 3s in eight straight while shooting 46.9 percent.

"I think they enjoy sharing the ball," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "They enjoy playing with each other, and they know that they’ll all reap the benefits of it if everybody plays unselfishly."

Jeff Teague has paced that with averages of 19.8 points and 8.5 assists and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.27 in the 11 games he’s played on the streak. Al Horford has often been on the finishing end with 21.7 points per game on 84.4 percent shooting in the last three games.

There’s been plenty of success on the other end of the floor as well. The wins have come by an average of 11.8 points while the Hawks have limited opponents to 93.9 per game and 42.6 percent shooting.

"We’re a confident group," Teague said. "We just know if we play the right way and play great defense and be aggressive defensively that we’ve got a chance to be in any ballgame."

Atlanta is opening a seven-game homestand seeking a third win over the Pistons (16-25) this season, the latest a 106-103 win in Detroit on Jan. 9 behind 19 points and 16 rebounds from Horford.

Since that game, Detroit has gone 4-1 as part of an 11-2 stretch that has it a game out of the final playoff spot in the East after a 5-23 start.

After Saturday night’s 107-89 home win over Philadelphia, coach Stan Van Gundy remained guarded.

"I told our guys that we’re still only 16-25, and that’s a long way from worrying about making the playoffs," he said. "That’s just a distraction anyway. We need to be thinking about stopping the pick-and-roll, finding a way to make shots and finding a way to finish games.

"If we do all those things, the wins and the standings will take care of themselves."

The Pistons have also been impressive with their outside shooting, going 15 for 35 against the 76ers. Kyle Singler led the way with a 6-of-8 mark from beyond the arc for a game-high 20 points. They’ve hit 11.2 per contest while hitting 38.5 percent in the last 13 games.

Brandon Jennings had a quiet night with 10 points in just 22 minutes, but the point guard has had quite a new year with an average of 22.5 points over 10 games in 2015 after scoring 12.9 per game on 37.9 percent shooting in his first 28.

While it was just their sixth win in 21 home games, the Pistons are 10-10 on the road. On the winning streak, they’ve won by an average of 11.6 points per game with the most noteworthy wins coming in San Antonio, Dallas and Toronto.

Hawks guard Shelvin Mack will miss the game with a left calf strain suffered against Chicago.