Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs

Essentials

Date: Jan. 6, 2010

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 11-22

San Antonio: 20-12

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Rodney
Stuckey

Richard
Hamilton

Tayshaun
Prince

Jason
Maxiell

Ben
Wallace

San Antonio:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Tony
Parker

Keith
Bogans

Richard
Jefferson

DeJuan
Blair

Tim
Duncan

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +10

Over/under: 187.5

Score: San Antonio wins, 99-89

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.5 (24th)

Detroit defensive rating: 108.4 (22nd)

Detroit pace: 88.2 (29th)

San Antonio offensive rating: 110.8 (5th)

San Antonio defensive rating: 104.1 (9th)

San Antonio pace: 91.5 (24th)

Score: San Antonio wins, 98-93

Outlook

Well, after last night’s close loss, there’s hope – not much, but some.

Like the Mavericks last night, the Spurs are trying to avenge a demoralizing loss (91-86 to the Raptors on Sunday). Odds are they do.

UPDATE: Jason Maxiell will start over Jonas Jerebko tonight, according to Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. I wonder if John Kuester thinks Maxiell can fill the role Chris Wilcox did last night better than Jerebko. Wilcox really opened up the offense.