Road victories have been difficult to come by for the Detroit Pistons, and the few they've earned have not come against top-tier competition.

They're coming off one such win but will visit a much better opponent and a city where they haven't won in nearly five years as they face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
The Pistons (9-21) had dropped six straight before sweeping a home-and-home series with woeful Washington, winning for only the third time in 16 road contests with Saturday's 96-87 victory.

As luck would have it, the schedule that’s been so demanding of the Pistons through the season’s first two months turns soft just as they’ve mustered some momentum. Coming off a weekend home-and-home sweep of Washington, the Pistons head into Christmas in the midst of their first three-day break since they tipped off on Oct. 31.

Only twice in the intervening weeks have they had as many as two straight days without a game. And now the NBA tells ’em to kick back and cool it?