Date: Jan. 9, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit –4.5
Score: Detroit wins, 98-94
Detroit offensive rating: 103.5 (24th)
Detroit defensive rating: 109 (22nd)
Detroit pace: 88.2 (29th)
Philadelphia offensive rating: 106.5 (17th)
Philadelphia defensive rating: 110.9 (28th)
Philadelphia pace: 91.4 (24th)
Score: Philadelphia wins, 97-96
This game was supposed to mark Allen Iverson’s return to The Palace, but he’s expected to miss tonight’s matchup after re-injuring his knee last night in Toronto. Looks like even playing for another team won’t stop him from sitting out yet another Pistons game.
Hopefully Detroit can use this opportunity to end its eleven-game losing streak. Though Iverson is averaging a full twelve points fewer per game in scoring than his career average, he’s still Philadelphia’s third-leading scorer. His absence may be just the boost the Pistons need to snap out of this funk.