Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Essentials

Date: Oct. 30, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 1-0

Oklahoma City: 1-0

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Rodney
Stuckey

Ben
Gordon

Tayshaun
Prince

Charlie
Villanueva

Ben
Wallace

Oklahoma City:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Russell
Westbrook

Thabo 
Sefolosha

Kevin
Durant

Jeff
Green

Nenad
Krstic

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -5

Over/under: 191

Score: Detroit wins, 98-93

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 115.7 (4th)

Detroit defensive rating: 89.2 (2nd)

Detroit pace: 82.9 (28th)

Oklahoma City offensive rating: 112.9 (7th)

Oklahoma City defensive rating: 98.5 (9th)

Oklahoma City pace: 90.3 (24th)

Score: Detroit wins, 93-88

Outlook

Before the season, Rodney Stuckey was asked about being passed over for the USA Select Team. He admitted he noticed who made the team, and although he didn’t say much more, he didn’t look pleased about the choices.

Well, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was one of the players who got the nod over Stuckey. So, Detroit’s third-year point guard could speak up tonight – through his game.

Expect Stuckey to assert himself early and often. He scored a respectable 12 points on 10 shots in Memphis. But I expect both those numbers to go up tonight.

Stuckey might even see some time at shooting guard. Richard Hamilton sprained his ankle against Memphis, and he’s a game-time decision. He’s usually missed games the other times he’s sprained it, according to Terry Foster of the Detroit News.

  • Sorry, no live blog tonight.