Game Preview: Pistons take on ROY candidate Donovan Mitchell and the streaking Utah Jazz
On Tuesday night, the Detroit Pistons (30-36) will take on the Utah Jazz (37-30) for the second and final time this season. In January, the Jazz rallied late to beat the Pistons in overtime 98-95. In that game, Andre Drummond dominated with 30 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 6 blocks. However, every other Piston struggled to score as the team shot only 39.2% from the field.
The Pistons are coming off a win against the tanking Chicago Bulls. Last game Blake Griffin had 25 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds while Reggie Bullock added 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. However, Detroit may be without Bullock next game after a minor car crash:
For the season, the Jazz are 37-30 and they are currently riding a 18-2 streak since the last time they faced the Pistons. Simply put, the Pistons will have their hands full in Utah. Rookie of the Year candidate, Donovan Mitchell, leads the Jazz in scoring with 19.8 points while contributing 3.6 assists per game. Rudy Gobert is grabbing 10.6 rebounds while protecting the rim with 2.3 blocks per game. Long-time Minnesota Timberwolve, Rick Rubio, leads the team in assists with 5.3 and steals with 1.5.
Similar to last game, this game will be a grind. Neither team has a strong offense and both operate at a slow pace. However, the Jazz have one of the best defenses in the league. The Jazz boast the third best defensive rating (104.9) and they cover the three point line very well. The Pistons will have to hit tough shots because Gobert & Co. will limit their attempts from the paint.
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