The Detroit Pistons are suddenly playing a quality brand of basketball again, and on Friday night they will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Atlanta Hawks. The streak would be at six games if not for a double-overtime loss to the Hawks back on Dec. 26, so it will be interesting to see if the Pistons can close the deal this time around.
In that double-OT thriller, Detroit outscored the Hawks 39-20 in the fourth quarter to extend the game into overtime, but 31 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Smith and 22 points and 10 rebounds from Al Horford were too much to overcome. However, the Pistons' bench came up with an excellent performance on that night. The 85 bench points produced by Detroit's reserves -- propped up by 31 points from Will Bynum -- marked the highest bench scoring total of any NBA team since the Charlotte Hornets' bench players put up 85 against the Boston Celtics in 1999, according to STATS LLC.
Injuries: Devin Harris (foot) is listed as doubtful, while Anthony Morrow (hip) is out and did not make the trip to Detroit. Rodney Stuckey (ankle) is listed as day-to-day and could be a game-time decision, while Brandon Knight is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Jan. 4
TV schedule: FOX Sports Detroit