Date: Jan. 5, 2010
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit +8.5
Score: Dallas wins, 98-89
Detroit offensive rating: 103.5 (24th)
Detroit defensive rating: 108.4 (21st)
Detroit pace: 88.1 (29th)
Dallas offensive rating: 107.3 (13th)
Dallas defensive rating: 103.7 (7th)
Dallas pace: 92.5 (17th)
Score: Dallas wins, 97-94
Everyone is assuming the Pistons will lose their next two games (tonight and at San Antonio tomorrow), myself included. Playing a pair of excellent teams on the road, there’s little reason for hope.
But Detroit didn’t win when there seemed to be a chance. So maybe, and I know this a reach, the complete lack of pressure will cause the Pistons to play better.
A more realistic scenario: the Mavericks will use tonight’s game to get back on track after losing by 35 to the Lakers on Sunday.