Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Essentials

Date: Feb. 19, 2010

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 19-34

Milwaukee: 24-28

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C
Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jonas
Jerebko
Ben
Wallace

Milwaukee:

PG SG SF PF C
Brandon
Jennings
Charlie
Bell
Carlos
Delfino
Luc Richard
Mbah a Moute
Andrew
Bogut

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +1

Over/under: 189

Score: Milwaukee wins, 95-94

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.6 (25th)

Detroit defensive rating: 109.0 (21st)

Detroit pace: 88.5 (29th)

Milwaukee offensive rating: 104.0 (23rd)

Milwaukee defensive rating: 104.3 (9th)

Milwaukee pace: 93.0 (14th)

Score: Milwaukee wins, 97-94

Outlook

  • The trade deadline has come and gone without Detroit making any moves to shake this team up. While this may help everyone in the clubhouse to breathe a little easier, it also means that any potential trade auditions are over (see: Tayshaun Prince). Hopefully those players most considered tradable assets will keep up their improved level of play tonight, not to mention down the stretch. We need guys who want to be Pistons.
  • Yesterday, the Bucks acquired SG John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls. Bucksketball’s Jeremy Schmidt has some longer-term analysis of the trade (SPOILER: he likes it), but I’m not so sure very much of that is relevant tonight. Charlie Bell will still more than likely make the start, and Salmons’ playing time will probably be limited while he adjusts to his new team.
  • Even though Dan is on vacation, I’ll be doing my best to cover for him over at Daily Dime Live to chat about the game.

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