Game Preview: Pistons Face Bulls in First Game of Back to Back
The Detroit Pistons(11-11) take on the Chicago Bulls(11-9) tonight at 7:30 pm EST. The game will take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills. This will be the first half of a back to hack for the Pistons, as they play the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night.
The Bulls are coming into this game after playing the Portland Trail Blazers last night. Chicago lost that game 112-110. Rajon Rondo did not play in last night’s game for the Bulls as he was suspended for one game by the team. Rondo is expected to play tonight.
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler were outstanding against Portland, but their performances were not enough. Wade scored 34 points in the loss, while Jimmy Butler dropped 26 points. The other three starters, Robin Lopez, Taj Gibson, and Jerian Grant combined for just 20 points. Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards off the bench.
The Bulls dominated the rebounding game, which will hurt Detroit who has for some reason been a poor rebounding team even with the best rebounder in the NBA on the team. However, the Bulls committed 15 turnovers. If Chicago plays sloppy Detroit must capitalize.
The Pistons lost a disappointing game on Sunday to the Orlando Magic 98-92. Marcus Morris scored 21 points in the game. Andre Drummond had 10 points and 10 boards in the game. Reggie Jackson made his season debut, dropping an impressive 18 points and four assists in only 22 minutes.
The defense struggled for Detroit, allowing Orlando to shoot 60% from the field through the first three-quarters. They shot 53% from the field in the entire game.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: Taj Gibson
C: Robin Lopez
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