The Pistons go on the road in the faltering New York Knicks’ storied Madison Square Garden to hold up their current three-game winning streak. Detroit comes into the game with consecutive victories over Indiana, Cleveland and Orlando. New York enters the game on a nine-game losing streak dating back to December 14th, 2014.
Since releasing Josh Smith, Detroit has averaged 110 points a game while holding a field goal percentage of 47.3% and a substantially improved 47.6% from three-point land. Jodie Meeks has also been an undeniable bright spot since coming back earlier in December. Meeks is averaging 13.9 points per game and a very healthy 50% three-point percentage.
The Knicks, however, have not had nearly as good of fortunes with turmoil throughout the team. Head coach Derek Fisher has been questioned and Carmelo Anthony has been involved in various trade rumors and second guesses as well. Statistically, New York is averaging in the bottom half of the league in points-per-game, rebounds-per-game, points allowed and assist-per-game. On top of their current losing streak, the Knicks also have the second worst record in the NBA behind only Philadelphia.
Statistical leaders for the Pistons going into tonight’s tip-off are Greg Monroe with 14.4 points per game, Andre Drummond getting 12.8 boards a game, and Brandon Jennings getting 6.4 assists per night. The players to look out for on New York’s side of the court include Carmelo Anthony getting 23.9 points, 6.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game, Amare Stoudamire contributing 13.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG, and University of Michigan’s own Tim Hardaway Jr. tallying 10.9 points and 1.6 assists per game. Tip-off starts at 7:30 PM ET on 105.1 FM and FSN DETROIT live from Madison Square Garden.