Tonight the Detroit Pistons (11-7) will look to extend their win streak to four games as they take on the Chicago Bulls (5-17) at 7pm EST at Little Caesars Arena.
The Bulls are coming off consecutive loses against the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last game against the Bucks, Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker both scored a team-high 24 points while Ryan Arcidiacono contributed 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The struggling Bulls are in full rebuild mode and our expected to be a lottery team. They have the second worst offensive rating at 101.5 and the eight worst defensive rating at 110.4. However, the Bulls backcourt, Zach LaVine and Justin Holiday, can be dangerous.
Zach LaVine is a having a breakout season as the Bulls leading man. LaVine is currently ranked one spot ahead of Blake Griffin for 10th in scoring in the NBA, averaging 25.6 points per game. Justin Holiday has massively improved his shooting this season and it has solidified his starting role. Holiday is averaging 12.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting from the field while grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. However, both Holiday and LaVine struggle at defending so the Pistons guards should be able to penetrate and produce.
The Detroit Pistons come into Friday’s matchup looking to extend their win streak to four games. Over this stretch, Blake Griffin has been nothing short of spectacular. Last game against the New York Knicks, Griffin had a team-high 30 points while connecting on 12-of-16 free throws. Reggie Jackson also had a solid game, with 21 points and four assists. Off the bench, Stanley Johnson excelled as “point-forward” in transition, scoring 21 points in 27 minutes.
Last time these two teams faced each other this season, Detroit won 118-116 behind Blake Griffin’s monster performance of 33 points, twelve rebounds, and five assists with zero turnovers. Reggie Jackson scored 18 points and dished six assists while Ish Smith scored 15 points with five assist off the bench.
Regarding injuries, the Pistons will be without Luke Kennard and the Bulls will be without Bobby Portis, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Denzel Valentine.
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Reggie Bullock
SF: Glenn Robinson III
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Ryan Arcidiacono
SG: Zach Lavine
SF: Justin Holiday
PF: Jabari Parker
C: Wendell Carter Jr
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