Date: Oct. 28, 2009
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit -2
Score: Detroit wins, 97-95
Detroit offensive rating: 107.4 (21st)
Detroit defensive rating: 108.0 (16th)
Detroit pace: 86.7 (29th)
Memphis offensive rating: 103.5 (28th)
Memphis defensive rating: 109.5 (21st)
Memphis pace: 90.1 (20th)
Score: Detroit wins, 96-93
*Based on last year’s numbers
Detroit enters the season opener with a ton of uncertainty after losing two-and-a-half starters (Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess and Allen Iverson) from a season ago. And the Pistons fate today may be even more uncertain than hoped.
Richard Hamilton missed Tuesday’s practice for personal reasons, and that might mean a trade is coming. (Update: Hamilton is in Memphis, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of MLive. I guess I’ll stop reading tea leaves for a few days). Tayshaun Prince and Kwame Brown are nursing injuries, but both are expected to play. Rookies Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye, both expected to be in the rotation, are serving suspensions for preseason fights.
I think the Pistons will be better than most expect this year, but they probably won’t show it tonight – even against the Grizzlies.
That doesn’t mean Detroit won’t win, but this game will be ugly. Consider it the ninth preseason game.