National Basketball Association
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Atlanta at Detroit
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy sat through a three-hour meeting with owner Tom Gores on Saturday and came out of it with the organization on the same page from the top down, despite some disappointing results. Van Gundy will try to thank his boss for the support with a second straight win when the Pistons host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Van Gundy, who also serves as Detroit's president of basketball operations, is 95-112 since taking over prior to the 2014-15 season and helped the Pistons wrap up a 2-3 west coast swing with a 102-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. "We've got a bump in the road, and that's what success is about -- you have to work through it. It's all about having rough times and your ability to work through," Gores told reporters. "I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He's the hardest worker I've ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person." Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has his team further up the standings in the Eastern Conference with nine wins in the last 10 games. Atlanta began its two-game road trip with a 108-107 win over the New York Knicks on Monday and won its last five on the road.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE HAWKS (24-17): Atlanta bridged November and December with a stretch of 10 losses in 11 games, lowlighted by a 121-85 home loss to the Pistons on Dec. 2, but is 14-5 since pulling out of the stretch. The Hawks, who avenged that Dec. 2 setback with a 105-98 home win over Detroit on Dec. 30, got 28 points and a go-ahead 3-pointer from point guard Dennis Schroder in Monday's triumph over the Knicks. Schroder went 13-of-16 from the field on Monday in pulling out of a funk that saw him total 10 points on 5-of-19 shooting in the previous two contests - both at home - and is averaging 21.6 points in the last five road games.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (19-24): Detroit is trying to find some consistency on the defensive end and snapped a six-game string of allowing opponents 100 or more points with Sunday's triumph. "It was a huge win for us, just because we’ve had some tough games that we feel like we’ve underachieved in," Pistons small forward Tobias Harris told reporters. "On top of that, it's a good win to just get something going and get some steam going into home as we go into winning some more games and putting it together." Harris leads the team in scoring (16.7 points) and scored 23 in Sunday's triumph.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Hawks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded four of his nine 20-point outings on the season this month.

2. Pistons PF Marcus Morris went 4-of-8 from 3-point range on Sunday after going 3-of-18 in the previous four contests.

3. Detroit PF Jon Leuer (bone bruise) sat out the last four games and is day-to-day.

PREDICTION: Hawks 110, Pistons 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Atlanta 24-17 W2 11-8 13-9 3-1 21-16 4-4 17-8
Detroit 19-24 W1 10-9 9-15 0-0 19-24 3-5 11-14
Last Meeting
Atlanta Detroit
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/30/16 DET 98 ATL 105 105 44 44.3 98 43 41.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Atlanta P. Millsap 26 45.0 7
Detroit J. Leuer 22 56.2 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Atlanta D. Howard 15 5 10
Detroit A. Drummond 15 6 9
Assists Player  
Atlanta M. Delaney 7
Detroit R. Jackson 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Atlanta D. Schroder 765 46.3 114
Detroit T. Harris 809 48.1 116
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Atlanta D. Howard 528 185 343
Detroit A. Drummond 642 183 459
Assists Player  
Atlanta D. Schroder 278
Detroit I. Smith 246
Quickchart Matchup
Atlanta Atlanta Off vs  Detroit Detroit Defense
Atlanta Off vs Detroit - Points For 103.0 Points For
Atlanta Off vs Detroit - Points Against 101.0 Points Against
Atlanta - FG% 45.6 FG%
Detroit - FG% 45.8 FG%
Atlanta - Reb 44.0 Reb
Detroit - Reb 42.8 Reb
Detroit Detroit Off vs  Atlanta Atlanta Defense
Detroit Off vs Atlanta - Points For 99.8 Points For
Detroit Off vs Atlanta - Points Against 102.6 Points Against
Detroit - FG% 45.0 FG%
Atlanta - FG% 44.9 FG%
Detroit - Reb 43.6 Reb
Atlanta - Reb 43.2 Reb