Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks

Essentials

Date: Jan. 18, 2010

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 14-25

New York: 16-24

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Chucky
Atkins

Rodney
Stuckey

Jonas
Jerebko

Chris
Wilcox

Ben
Wallace

New York:

PG

SG

SF

PF

C

Chris
Duhon

Wilson
Chandler

Danilo
Gallinari

Jared
Jeffries

David
Lee

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +7

Over/under: 192

Score: New York wins, 100-93

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.7 (24th)

Detroit defensive rating: 109.2 (22nd)

Detroit pace: 88.4 (29th)

New York offensive rating: 106.1 (20th)

New York defensive rating: 107.7 (18th)

New York pace: 93.8 (9th)

Score: New York wins, 98-96

Outlook

UPDATE: Richard Hamilton will miss the game with a stomach ailment, according to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News.

Most looked at this as the Pistons’ last chance to get into the playoff race. I didn’t necessarily agree, but so far, so good for Detroit.

The Pistons are 2-0 to begin their stretch of having eight of nine games at home. Today is the only road game, and it’s against a very beatable Knicks team.

But it will be tough for Detroit to extend its three-game winning streak, and I think David Lee will be the main reason.

Lee is averaging 28.0 points (.579 field-goal percentage), 14.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games against the Pistons year.

Oh, and the Pistons best interior defender, Ben Wallace, is 35 and is coming off the three-game stretch with the most minutes he’s played all season.

Doesn’t look promising for that matchup – and thusly, the game.

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