Pistons: Reasons to Believe in Hot Start to the Season

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Oct 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward

Paul Millsap

(4) fights for a loose ball with Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) as Detroit Pistons forward

Marcus Morris

(13, left) defends on the play in the third quarter of their game at Philips Arena. The Pistons won 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Schedule hasn’t been easy

Say what you want about the Atlanta Hawks being pretenders last season but they won 60 games including a stellar 35-6 home record. A road game in Atlanta was a tough season opener for the Pistons and it was a test they passed with flying colors. That win by the Pistons still stands as the only Hawks loss this season as they’ve gone on to win their next seven games.

But the start against good competition goes beyond just the Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons early-season schedule has been devoid of opponents bottom-dwellers or teams off to slow starts. In games against teams other than the Pistons, the Pistons’ opponents so far are a combined 24-12.

With the first six games split between three home and three road, the Pistons haven’t benefited from a home-heavy schedule either.

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