Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards

Essentials

Date: Jan. 12, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Records

Detroit: 11-25

Washington: 12-23

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Rodney
Stuckey

Richard
Hamilton

Jonas
Jerebko

Chris
Wilcox

Ben
Wallace

Washington:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Randy
Foye

Nick
Young

Caron
Butler

Antawn
Jamison

Brendan
Haywood

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +5

Over/under: 199

Score: Washington wins, 102-97

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.2 (24th)

Detroit defensive rating: 109.7 (24th)

Detroit pace: 88.4 (29th)

Washington offensive rating: 105.1 (22nd)

Washington defensive rating: 109.0 (21st)

Washington pace: 94.2 (8th)

Score: Washington wins, 98-97

Outlook

If the Pistons win tonight, they’ll avoid matching a franchise-record 14-game losing streak. But let’s set our expectations at a more reasonable level.

If Detroit loses by just one, it won’t be the worst of its 14-game losing streaks.

So far, the Pistons have lost their last 13 games by an average of 14.4 points. In 1994, they lost 14 games by an average of 13.5 points per game.

(They also lost 14 straight by 12.6 per game in 1980.)

The Wizards aren’t very good, and they’re in a bit of disarray with Gilbert Arenas suspended for … as Detroit fans would understand it … playing with metal or bringing his “click-clack” to work.

So, when Caron Butler hits that jumper at the buzzer to give Washington the win and break your heart, don’t fret. That’s a victory over the 1994 losing streak.

And that would be more win than the Pistons have had in the last month.

  • Head to Daily Dime Live to chat during the game. I’m going to try to stop by, but it will probably only be for part of the game.