The Atlanta Hawks are entering the final stretch of the preseason and head coach Mike Budenholzer will go with his regular starting lineup against the Detroit Pistons. Budenholzer rested Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap on Thursday but said that he would likely play his starters into the third quarter on Saturday. The Hawks will have two preseason games remaining after Saturday's game.
Budenholzer said that center Elton Brand would dress against the Pistons but was unlikely to play. That could mean more minutes for guys like Pero Antic, Mike Muscala and rookie Adreian Payne.
Stan Van Gundy took a similar stance to Budenholzer in saying that it was time to start preparing for the regular season opener. Van Gundy will go with a starting lineup that features Brandon Jennings and former Hawks guard Cartier Martin in the backcourt. Kyle Singler will start at small forward with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond up front. Greg Monroe, whom Van Gundy said had been the team's most consistent player this preseason, will come off the bench against the Hawks.