Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors

Essentials

Date: Dec. 12, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 10-12

Golden State: 7-15

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Chucky
Atkins

Rodney
Stuckey

Jonas
Jerebko

Jason
Maxiell

Ben
Wallace

Golden State:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

 

 

 

 

Stephen
Curry

Anthony
Morrow

Monta
Ellis

Vladimir
Radmanovic

Mikki
Moore

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -6

Over/under: 205.5

Score: Detroit wins, 106-100

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.0 (19th)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.6 (20th)

Detroit pace: 87.5 (30th)

Golden State offensive rating: 105.7 (20th)

Golden State defensive rating: 109.6 (23rd)

Golden State pace: 101.5 (1st)

Score: Detroit wins, 102-101

Outlook

UPDATE: Richard Hamilton is active tonight, according to Dave Pemberton of The Oakland Press.

The Warriors are playing their fourth game of a road trip, and they played last night. I think this the type of game that will be vey tough for them to win.

Also, Mikki Moore is their starting center. Really?

But they play at the league’s fastest pace, which could give Detroit trouble.

Heisman

I’ll admit, I’m pretty distracted from this game. I’m celebrating a couple friends’ graduations tonight, and I’ve been very interested in this Heisman race. I just wanted to share a couple thoughts on it.

Prediction:

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama, running back

2. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, running back

3. Colt McCoy, Texas, quarterback

4. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, defensive tackle

5. Tim Tebow, Florida, quarterback

If I had a vote:

1. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, defensive tackle

2. Colt McCoy, Texas, quarterback

3. Rolando McClain, Alabama, linebacker

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