Game Preview: Detroit vs. New Jersey

Essentials

Date: April 10, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 39-40

New Jersey: 32-46

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Rasheed
Wallace

New Jersey:

PG SG SF PF C

Devin
Harris
Keyon
Dooling
Vince
Carter
Ryan
Anderson
Brook
Lopez

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -7.5

Over/under: 189.5

Score: Detroit wins 99-91

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 107.3 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.8 (14th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

New Jersey offensive rating: 108.5 (13th)

New Jersey defensive rating: 111.0 (23rd)

New Jersey pace: 90.1 (21st)

Score: Detroit wins 97-96

Outlook

The Nets crushed the Pistons in their last matchup nine days ago. But Detroit had played the night before and had no legs.

With an off day yesterday and their new no-shoot-arounds-on-gameday policy, the Pistons should be fine today.

As long as they stop Devin Harris. In three games against the Pistons this year, he’s averaging 25.3 points on 54-percent shooting and 7.3 assists.

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