Tonight the Detroit Pistons (4-2) take on the young Brooklyn Nets (2-5) on the second night of a back-to-back.
After starting the season 4-0 the Pistons have now lost two in a row, losing both games to the Boston Celtics. Over those two games the Pistons shot only 39.5 percent from the field and an abysmal 22.8 percent from behind the arc. Simply put, in order for the Pistons to win they have to start shooting the ball better. On the bright side of last game, Blake Griffin returned to form scoring 24 points while Reggie Bullock made his last 3 three-pointers on his way to 16 points so he should be back on track.
On Monday night the Brooklyn Nets extended their losing streak to three as they fell to the New York Knicks 115-96.
Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson is known for his inconsistent rotations but there are a few key players on this team. Former Michigan Wolverine Caris LeVert has really started to come into his own this season, averaging 18.9 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, on 48 percent shooting from the floor. The Pistons will have to make sure LeVert is not able to get to the rim without some physicality. In the first game of the season LeVert showcased his scoring ability by posting 28 points including six rebounds and five assists.
Another up-and-coming star for the Nets is Jarrett Allen. Allen is a ferocious shot-blocker, averaging 2.3 blocks per game, that is starting to develop his offensive game. Last game against the Pistons Allen dominated with 17 points, ten rebounds, and four blocks.
On offense the Nets average 106.6 points per game for 25th in NBA and not surprisingly, they operate at second slowest pace at 97.7. However, the Nets are the 5th best three-point shooting team in the NBA (39.1%) so the Pistons must guard the three-point line.
Overall, the Pistons may be a fatigued to start this game because they played last night but they should be able to pull out a win. Detroit has a lot more talent than the Nets and they have proven they are willing to fight for a win.
Regarding injuries, Nets Rodions Kurucs (ankle) and Pistons Luke Kennard will not play tonight.
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Reggie Bullock
SF: Stanley Johnson
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Andre Drummond
PG: DeAngelo Russell
SG: Caris LeVert
SF: Joe Harris
PF: Jared Dudley
C: Jarrett Allen