What: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
The Detroit Pistons are in a rough eight game losing streak, and have lost 11 of 12 overall, and host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night desperately searching for a win. The Pistons had some heightened expectations this year after the hiring of Stan Van Gundy, but so far things haven’t worked out as Detroit has started 3-14. There is a way that the Pistons can win tonight, they’ll just have to follow these steps.
1.) The Pistons need to diversify their offense. Every time down it’s dump the ball to Greg Monroe or have Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith hijack the offense. The Pistons are 28th in the league in scoring out of 30 teams and are 27th in assists this season. Detroit needs to set up the offense and move the ball to get better shots. It isn’t rocket science, it’s simple basketball. You want to win? Move the basketball, cut off screens, and set yourself up for easy shots. No NBA basketball team should be averaging only 91.9 points per game. It needs to change and against one of the worst defensive teams in the league like the Lakers, tonight could be the night.
2.) I can’t believe I’m saying this, but force Kobe Bryant to beat you. Bryant isn’t the force that he used to be and he’s been highly inefficient this season for the Lakers. Sure he’s averaging 26.6 points, but he’s doing it on 39.2% shooting and he isn’t passing the ball all that much. Bryant’s averaging 4.6 assists per game and his jacking shots obviously isn’t working as the Lakers are 4-13. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can harass Bryant into forcing a bunch of shots while the rest of the Pistons keep players like Nick Young and Jeremy Lin from contributing, Detroit should be in good shape.
3.) The Lakers bigs aren’t imposing, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill don’t exactly have Monroe and Andre Drummond shaking in their sneakers. Monroe and Drummond have to impose their will on this team. Drummond has been beginning to pick his play up recently, highlighted by a 26 point 20 rebound effort in a loss to the Bucks, before his clunker against the Warriors on Sunday. If Drummond and Monroe can get the job done against the Lakers bigs, then the Pistons will be in good shape. Smith has to make an impact in this game as well, much like he did against the Warriors when he came one rebound short of a triple-double.
Prediction: Pistons come out and win this one and play with some urgency
Pistons: 105 Lakers 96