Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers

Essentials

Date: Dec. 8, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Records

Detroit: 8-12

Philadelphia: 5-16

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Chucky
Atkins
Rodney
Stuckey
Jonas
Jerebko
Jason
Maxiell
Ben
Wallace

Philadelphia:

PG SG SF PF C

Allen
Iverson
Andre
Igouodala
Thaddeus
Young
Elton
Brand
Samuel
Dalembert

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +3.5

Over/under: 191

Score: Philadelphia wins, 97-94

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 105.5 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.5 (19th)

Detroit pace: 87.8 (29th)

Philadelphia offensive rating: 105.9 (20th)

Philadelphia defensive rating: 111.6 (28th)

Philadelphia pace: 91.1 (23rd)

Score: Detroit wins, 97-95

Outlook

Allen Iverson will be on the same court as the Pistons. Let’s hope his presence is as detrimental to his team as it was the last time that happened.

I kid. I really hope Iverson finds happiness in Philadelphia. I don’t think he will, but I hope. I’ve enjoyed following him from afar. When I got to see him up close, well, it didn’t go as well as I wished.

I think Iverson needs to play angry, and I don’t think he’ll allow himself to play any other way.

In his first game back against the Nuggets on Monday, Iverson had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds. That came in 38 minutes – even as Iverson admitted his body wasn’t ready to handle a heavy load after playing so little in the last several months.

So, I’m rooting for Iverson have a Ben Wallace-like resurgence in the city he made his home – just not today.

  • The 76ers have lost 10 in a row.
  • The Pistons haven’t won a road game in nearly a month.
  • I talked with the 76ers TrueHoop blog about the Pistons’ slow start, a Richard Hamilton-for-Samuel Dalembert trade, the Pistons’ pace and Ben Wallace’s passing. Check it out at Philadunkia.
  • Check out Daily Dime Live during the game. I won’t be chatting, but the talk might turn to the Pistons at some point. If not, you can at least keep up with other NBA action.

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