Tonight the Pistons (29-31) travel to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (23-37) in the second game of a back to back. The game is an 8:00 EST tip off.
Pistons: Jackson, Caldwell-Pope, Morris, Leuer, Drummond
Pelicans: Holiday, Hill, Thompson, Davis, Moriejuna
The Pistons will be coming into this game tired after an exciting overtime win over the Trail Blazers last night. Not only did this game need to be decided in OT, but it was also a game the Pistons trailed for much of and had to fight their way out of an early hole. On top of that, the Pistons have to go from Detroit to New Orleans and be ready to play again in less than 24 hours. This could point to a slow start from the Pistons.
One guy who will hopefully get off to a hot start is Marcus Morris. He carried the offense for much of last nights game in his way to a career high 37 points. It would be nice if he were still as hot as he was last night vs the Pelicans tonight.
While the Pistons are coming in tired, the Pelicans come in at a disadvantage of their own. After making the biggest splash of the NBA trade deadline, New Orleans will be without their new center due to a one game suspension. DeMarcus Cousins is arguably, and I would agree, the best center in the NBA. He’s one of the best scorers in the game and is a very well rounded big man overall. His absence will be a huge loss for the Pelicans tonight.
New Orleans still comes into this game with an elite big man who will be on the floor tonight. Anthony Davis is the best power forward in basketball and will certainly be at the center of the action tonight. Davis has given the Pistons a ton of promblems in the past and I’d expect tonight to be no different. The only question is; can he get enough help to pull out a win?
Key match up
Anthony Davis is going to get his share of numbers, there’s just no real way for the Pistons to stop him. The match up I’ll be watching is the point guard battle. Jrue Holiday Is the Pelicans best guard and the only other real weapon in this game outside of Davis. The Pistons will have to either slow him down or keep pace with him. The combination of Ish Smith and Reggie Jackson have to find a way to win this battle.
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