What: Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
The Detroit Pistons have had three days to sit and ponder about their 0-3 start. That should be enough time to get their heads together and get back at it by hosting the New York Knicks. The Knicks are coming off a game where they hosted the Washington Wizards the night before and they got beat by 15. The Pistons have some advantages in this game and they have to fully use them in this game.
1.) The coaching advantage swings in the Pistons’ way. Stan Van Gundy is obviously a better and more proven head coach than New York’s Derek Fisher and Van Gundy needs to show it tonight and come up with a game plan to get the Pistons on the board this season. Van Gundy said earlier in the week that he doesn’t have a handle on what his team can do offensively and he is having a hard time finding the right rotation. Now that he has had three days since their last game, he should be ready to go. You give Stan Van Gundy three days to prepare for a team, then you are in good shape.
2.) This is going to be a common theme for me all season, dump the ball down to Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond! I don’t care who the Knicks have down there whether it be Samuel Dalembert, Amar’e Stoudemire, or Jason Smith Monroe and Drummond will dominate their matchup with any of those three guys! Dump the ball down to them and let them go to work. Monroe had 18 and 11 in his return against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and Drummond had 14 and eight rebounds. Josh Smith can also be a big factor in this game because of his versatility and he can somewhat stay in front of New York scoring machine Carmelo Anthony.
3.) New York allows opponents to shoot 37% from deep so far this season. The Pistons have shot a paltry 21.9% from deep this season, that’s last in the NBA. This is the game where the Pistons can break out of their cold spell from deep. I expect guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler, Brandon Jennings, and D.J. Augustin to all have solid games shooting the 3-ball.
Speaking of Jennings, after a solid game against the Nets with 18 points and nine assists and playing 36 minutes, he should continue his solid play from the previous game in to this one against young Knicks point guard Shane Larkin. Jennings is the key that drives this engine so it is up to him to lead this team. He is the point guard after all, he is supposed to be the leader of the team.
Prediction: Pistons 98 Knicks 86