Date: Nov. 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit +10.5
Score: Portland wins, 95-84
Detroit offensive rating: 106.2 (16th)
Detroit defensive rating: 105.7 (16th)
Detroit pace: 87.8 (29th)
Portland offensive rating: 107.2 (14th)
Score: Portland wins, 94-90
Most of my thoughts on this game are covered in my review of last night’s loss to the Lakers. Simply, Detroit can’t handle this road trip right now – not with Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince still out, the growing pains of a revamped roster and the tough competition.
But here are a couple other points for tonight’s game.
Why the Pistons might have a chance: Portland is 28th in pace. The Pistons are 3-0 in their three slowest games this year. They’re 1-5 in their six slowest.
The Pistons are also 0-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, which tonight will be. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, didn’t play yesterday.
And like the Lakers last night, Portland is coming off a loss and will be hungry.
Yeah, I’d say the reasons the Pistons are toast outweigh the reasons they’re not.
- I’ll be chatting during the game at Daily Dime Live. It’s always fun to do, so check it out.