Game Preview: Detroit at Houston

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When

Date: March 18, 2009

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 33-33

Houston: 44-25

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jason
Maxiell
Antonio
McDyess

Houston:

PG SG SF PF C

Aaron
Brooks
Ron
Artest
Shane
Battier
Luis
Scola
Yao
Ming

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +9

Over/under: 176

Score: Houston wins 93-84

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.7

Detroit defensive rating: 107.3

Detroit pace: 87.1

Houston offensive rating: 108.1

Houston defensive rating: 103.9

Houston pace: 90.7

Score: Houston wins 96-94

Outlook

Richard Hamilton and Yao Ming are both questionable with injuries, so there’s plenty of room for swing here.

The Rocketes are one the league’s best defensive teams, but the smallish Aaron Brooks is a weak spot. Rodney Stuckey must take advantage, especially if Hamilton is out.

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