Game Preview: Detroit at Indiana

Essentials

Date: April 11, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 39-40

Indiana: 34-45

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Rasheed
Wallace

Indiana:

PG SG SF PF C

Jarrett
Jack
Brandon
Rush
Danny
Granger
Troy
Murpher
Roy
Hibbert

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +2.5

Over/under: 208

Score: Indiana wins 105-103

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 107.4 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.8 (13th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

Indiana offensive rating: 107.8 (18th)

Indiana defensive rating: 109.0 (19th)

Indiana pace: 96.5 (3rd)

Score: Tie 99-99

Outlook

Danny Granger and the Pacers could be a tough matchup for the Pistons. Via ESPN.com:

Despite missing the postseason for a third straight year, Granger’s emergence was one of the bright spots this season for Indiana. The fourth-year swingman is sixth in the league with 25.5 points per game, and has been stellar since returning from a torn tendon in his right foot March 15, leading Indiana in scoring in eight straight contests. 

Granger has averaged 29.0 points in his last 11 starts and scored 30-plus points in five of the last seven. He scored a career-high 42 in a Dec. 12 loss in Detroit and has averaged 33.0 points in the season’s three meetings. 

The Pacers, winners of four of their last five home games, are 17-6 at Conseco Fieldhouse since Jan. 3.

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