Game Preview: Detroit at Atlanta

Date: March 7, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Detroit record: 31-29

Atlanta record: 34-28

Detroit probable starters:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Rasheed
Wallace

Atlanta probable starters:

PG SG SF PF C

Mike
Bibby
Joe
Johnson
Marvin
Willaims
Josh
Smith
Al
Horford

Spread: Detroit +2

Projected score: Atlana wins 96-95

Outlook: The Pistons’ goal should be getting home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 

Seven of their final games come against Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago — who are all within 5.5 games of the fourth seed.

A win against the Hawks, who still hold the fourth seed despite losing seven of their last 10, would be a start.

Atlanta coach Mike Woodson benched Josh Smith in the Hawks’ last game, according to Sekou Smith of The Atlanta Journal Constitution. It’s not known whether Smith will play tonight.

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