Date: Dec. 9, 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit +7
Score: Denver wins, 103-96
Detroit offensive rating: 105.7 (21st)
Detroit defensive rating: 107.5 (19th)
Detroit pace: 87.4 (30th)
Denver offensive rating: 113.5 (2nd)
Score: Denver wins, 101-97
The Pistons have won three in a row, but their opponents in those games are a combined 22-40. Denver presents a real test to see if Detroit has figured out how to succeed without Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.
And, of course, Chauncey Billups returns to the Palace again. That won’t make anything easier for Detroit.