Game Preview: Detroit at Washington

When

Date: March 28, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 34-37

Washington: 17-56

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Kwame
Brown

Washington:

PG SG SF PF C

Gilbert
Arenas
Javaris
Crittenton
Dominic
McGuire
Antawn
Jamison
Andray
Blatche

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -4

Over/under: 191

Score: Detroit wins 98-94

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.9 (20th)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.7 (13th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

Washington offensive rating: 104.9 (26th)

Washington defensive rating: 113.5 (29th)

Washington pace: 90.7 (17th)

Score: Detroit 98-94

Outlook

Richard Hamilton will be back today, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Since returning to the starting lineup, he has produced a lot. The Pistons went 6-3, and Hamiltons’ per-game numbers have been pretty outstanding.

23.7 points — more than Carmelo Anthony’s season average.

8.1 assists — more than Baron Davis’s season average.

6.4 free throw attempts — more than Richard Jefferson’s season average.

But he also had 3.6 turnovers per game in the stretch — more than Steve Nash’s season average. 

The Pistons went 1-5 while Hamilton was injured, and they should be better with him. But I’d like to see a more efficient Hamilton return, not the one who has looked like he’s trying to impersonate Allen Iverson. After all, that’s why Michael Curry changed the lineup.