Game Preview: Detroit vs. Charlotte

When

Date: April 5, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 36-40

Charlotte: 34-42

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Kwame
Brown

Charlotte:

PG SG SF PF C

Raymond
Felton
Raja
Bell
Gerald
Wallace
Boris
Diaw
Emeka
Okafor

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -2

Over/under: 175

Score: Detroit wins 89-87

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.9 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.9 (14th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

Charlotte offensive rating: 104.8 (27th)

Charlotte defensive rating: 105.7 (7th)

Charlotte pace: 88.3 (27th)

Score: Tie 93-93

Outlook

Don’t let anyone fool you. This is not a must-win game. The Pistons lead the Bobcats by two games. Even if the Pistons lose, they’ll still have a one-game advantage.

And four of Charlotte’s next five games are on the road.

Sure, a win today would help a lot. But a loss isn’t the end of the world.

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