What: Detroit Pistons vs. Phoenix Suns
Time: 9:00, FSD +
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix AZ
Previous matchup: Suns 88 Pistons 86
The Detroit Pistons are on a long and frustrating 13-game losing streak. New coach Stan Van Gundy has had a rough time finding the right combinations with this team and it’s shown in their record. Detroit is 3-19 and this isn’t where anybody expected the Pistons to be to start this season. Maybe going out west can help the Pistons get off this losing streak and get back in the win column. There are ways the Pistons can get a win tonight. Let’s take a look at what it would take.
1.) I’m going to call this game the “Kentavious Caldwell-Pope revenge game”. In Phoenix’s 88-86 win on November 19th, Caldwell-Pope and Suns F Markieff Morris got into a dust up where they went nose-to-nose and I was afraid they would get into an altercation on the 10 year anniversary of the infamous brawl of 2004. Anyway, Caldwell-Pope had a chance to knock down a 3 late in the game to give the Pistons the lead and he missed. After the game Morris said he “has no heart”. So I’m going to be interested to see how Caldwell-Pope responds and if he can get it going against Phoenix.
2.) The Pistons have to do something offensively. They’re 29th in the league in scoring ahead of only the Philadelphia 76ers, they’re 25th in assists, and they’re dead last in field goal percentage at 40.4%. The field goal percentage can be attributed to Andre Drummond having trouble to finish around the rim and Josh Smith shooting only 38.1% to start the season. Detroit is expected to have Jodie Meeks make his Pistons debut tonight so his shooting will definitely help, but is it too late for the 3-19 Pistons?
3.) Brandon Jennings had 19 points and seven assist against the Suns triumvirate of point guards and he’s going to have to put up the same type of effort this time around. He’s been struggling recently averaging only 5.2 points and 7.4 assists on 16.7% shooting in the past five games, but the would be the perfect game for him to bounce back in against Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas of the Suns. It would be nice to see rookie Spencer Dinwiddie get some playing time in this game as well. Dinwiddie has played well in the few minutes he’s played.
Prediction: Pistons 102 Suns 99