Game Preview: After Falling to Spurs, Pistons Hope to Rebound Versus Raptors
The Detroit Pistons(25-29) face the Toronto Raptors(32-22) tonight at the Air Canada Centre. The game begins at 6 PM EST and will be televised nationally on NBATV.
The Raptors have not played since Wednesday night when they lost a close game to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Point guard Tyus Jones hit a three late in the game to give the Wolves the lead and eventually the win. DeMar DeRozaon scored 30 points for Toronto on 12-25 shooting. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and dished out five assists.
The Raptors recently assigned offseason acquisition Jared Sullinger to their D-League affiliate, the Raptors 905. Sullinger is struggling to get back into game shape as he has struggled with keeping his weight down.
Toronto has dropped nine of their last thirteen games. Since the new year, they are playing below .500 ball, at 10-12.
Detroit dropped their last game to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, 103-92. Being at the game on Friday, I can tell you Detroit was never really in that game. The Pistons had seven players score in double figures, but no one scored more than 16 points. Tobias Harris(16 points) and Ish Smith(15 points) combined for 31 points off Detroit’s bench. Andre Drummond had another double-double, finishing with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Spurs were able to hurt the Pistons on the boards, outscoring Detroit 20-7 in second chance points.
Probable Starting Lineups:
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Jon Leuer
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Pascal Siakim
C: Jonas Valanciunas
Featured image: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press