Matchup: Detroit Pistons (14-24) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (18-19)
When: 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills
What to Watch For:
1. Anthony Davis is a Monster: Pelicans center Anthony Davis is having an MVP caliber season and he’ll undoubtedly be one of the most impressive front-court talents the Pistons will face all year. Averaging 24.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks, Davis will serve as an immediate test to a Greg Monroe/Andre Drummond frontcourt that allowed Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas to score 31 points on 14 of 15 shooting from the floor on Monday.
To many, Davis provides shades of a young Kevin Garnett due to his mid-range proficiency, length, and athleticism around the rim. He’s an inside presence defensively and a willing worker in the open floor. Drummond will have to bring his A game tonight to keep his good friend in check.
2. New Orleans Road Woes: Despite Davis’ impressive play, the Pelicans have struggled on the road of late, having lost their last five away from home dating back to December 21st, falling most recently to the lowly Boston Celtics on Monday.
3. Holiday Out Again: New Orleans will be without one of their top scorers and playmakers this evening as point guard Jrue Holiday recovers from an ankle injury. The Pelicans signed 6’4” Nate Wolters to fill the void in Holiday’s absence. The 23-year-old Wolters once scored 53 points during his days at South Dakota State. The recently streaking Brandon Jennings, averaging over 20 points and 7 assists over his last ten, is likely licking his chops as we speak.