2004 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
April 19, 2005
This pick was released to clients on September 24, 2012 at 3:17PM ET.
Detroit at Atlanta
Tuesday 04/19 07:35 PM Eastern
1 unit on Atlanta +6 (-110) (risk 1 to return 1.91) RESULT: LOSS
In normal times I wouldn't play the Hawks with Monopoly money. But this matchup occurs under special conditions. The Pistons care more about getting healthy, resting their banged-up starters and preparing for the playoffs than they do the lowly Hawks. That's why Rasheed Wallace (hamstring) probably won't play and Richard Hamilton (cut eye) might sit out, too. The Pistons are off a tough home finale Sunday, edging the Cavaliers by three points. Pistons Coach Larry Brown really wants to reduce his starter's minutes during this meaningless matchup. This is the Hawks' last home game of the season. So they should be motivated going against the world champs. Rookies Josh Childress and Josh Smith have been playing well for Atlanta. One star on the Hawks.