The Falcons are hosting the New Orleans Saints tonight, so this seems like a good time to talk about the Atlanta Hawks. Twelve games into the season, Mike Budenholzer has his team playing well. Point guard Jeff Teague has been very impressive so far, averaging 18.4 points per game along with 8.7 assists per contest. Meanwhile, former Gator, Al Horford is providing the offense with 17.4 points per game. The 6'10 center is leading the team in blocks with 2.1 per contest and collecting 8.2 rebounds during the young NBA season of 2013.
The 7-5 Hawks have the night off, but they will resume play tomorrow night at 7:30 in Motown. Atlanta will be facing a Pistons squad they just defeated 93-85 in Philips Arena on Wednesday evening. Detroit will be looking for more productivity from former ATLien, Josh Smith than the 11 scrawny points he scored during his first game at home in an away jersey. Another Piston with local ties is former Bulldog basketballer, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The 20 year old shooting guard from Thomaston, Ga is averaging 7.4 points per game during his rookie season.
I'm expecting another close game on Friday night. The Hawks average 102 points per game to Detroit's 98 and allow 99 points per contest to the Pistons' 101. The key statistic that gives Atlanta an advantage is assists per game, as they are second in the league with 25.7. Both teams need to improve their efforts on the glass. The Pistons are 24th in the NBA in rebounding and the Hawks are currently 2 spots behind them at 26.
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