Having thrived against losing clubs and on the road this season, the Atlanta Hawks would seem to have a good chance of continuing their recent surge as they visit the struggling Detroit Pistons.
The Hawks, though, haven’t earned many victories at The Palace of Auburn Hills recently, as they’ll be trying to win there for only the second time in 11 games Tuesday night.
The Hawks (16-9) are 11-3 versus teams with losing records, though they’ve also beaten a couple of clubs that were above .500 during their current 8-2 run, which has followed a 2-7 stretch.
At 8-4, the Hawks are off to their best start away from home since moving to Atlanta in 1968. They are also 5-2 without leading scorer Joe Johnson, who is not expected to return from elbow surgery until next month.
Forward Josh Smith overcame a cramping hamstring to help Atlanta beat Indiana 97-83 on Saturday night. Smith, who left in the fourth quarter of a loss to San Antonio the previous night, scored 21 points and added seven rebounds and four assists.