Hosting the Warriors, Pistons go for longest win streak in 212 days

Essentials

Date: Nov. 7, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 1-5

Warriors: 4-1

Probable starters

Detroit:

Warriors:

  • Stephen Curry
  • Monta Ellis
  • Dorrell Wright
  • David Lee
  • Andris Biedrins

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +1.5

Over/under: 209

Score: Warriors win, 105.25-103.75

Three things to watch

1. The Rodney Stuckey-John Kuester relationship

Stuckey says everything is fine, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. We’ll see.

My guess is Stuckey won’t start, but he’ll play his usual amount of minutes.

2. Tracy McGrady’s resurgence

In his last two games, McGrady has played his best game of the season. Can he make it three?

He’s actually looking like a player deserving of his spot in the rotation. For now, I’m done calling for him to sit, but he must continue to perform. The Pistons have enough options at guard that they don’t need to play him if he struggles.

3. Monta Ellis reverting to the mean

Ellis is off to a fantastic start to the season, but he’s not really a 52-percent shooter. That number will go down, and hopefully, it will begin to tonight.

He’s also averaging three steals per game – another number that will come down. Steals start fastbreaks, and that’s where Ellis can get easy shots. If the Pistons’ point guards (and point forwards) take care of the ball, they can limit Ellis’ damage.

Pregame reading

Tags: John Kuester Rodney Stuckey Tracy McGrady

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