Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Memphis Grizzlies

Essentials

Date: Oct. 28, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records*

Detroit: 4-4

Memphis: 3-5

*preseason

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Rodney
Stuckey

Richard
Hamilton

Tayshaun
Prince

Charlie
Villanueva

Ben
Wallace

Memphis:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Mike
Conley

O.J.
Mayo

Rudy
Gay

Zach
Randolph

Marc
Gasol

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -2

Over/under: 191

Score: Detroit wins, 97-95

Statistical projection*

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

Outlook

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.

  • Check out Chip Crain’s preview at 3 Shades of Blue.
  • Come back at 8 p.m. to participate in a live blog of today’s game.
  • I’m going to finish the player previews for the Pistons’ newcomers in this early part of the season. Also, watch out for a state of the team address.

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