Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats

Essentials

Date: Dec. 22, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 11-16

Charlotte: 10-16

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Chucky
Atkins

Rodney
Stuckey

Jonas
Jerebko

Jason
Maxiell

Ben
Wallace

Charlotte:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Raymond
Felton

Stephen
Jackson

Gerald
Wallace

Boris
Diaw

Tyson
Chandler

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +6

Over/under: 178

Score: Charlotte wins, 92-86

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 105.4 (20th)

Detroit defensive rating: 108.0 (19th)

Detroit pace: 88.2 (29th)

Charlotte offensive rating: 99.3 (27th)

Charlotte defensive rating: 100.7 (3rd)

Charlotte pace: 90.9 (25th)

Score: Charlotte wins, 93-92

Outlook

After a tough four-game stretch, the Pistons have a very winnable game. They’re underdogs and on the road, where they’re 3-11. But, really, the Bobcats aren’t that good.

Speaking of, neither are the Pistons when so much of the team is hurt. But Detroit is entering a five-game stretch against teams all with 1.5 games of each other. This would be a great time to pull it together.