Detroit Pistons aim to snap four-game losing streak to Trail Blazers, three-game skid in Portland

Essentials

Date: Nov. 9, 2010

Time: 10 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 2-5

Trail Blazers: 5-3

Probable starters

Detroit:

Trail Blazers:

  • Andre Miller
  • Brandon Roy
  • Nikolas Batum
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Marcus Camby

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +10

Over/under: 191

Score: Trail Blazers win, 100.5-90.5

Three things to watch

1. Brandon Roy’s health

Brandon Roy will play limited minutes tonight, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian. If Roy is limited, that’s obviously a plus for the Pistons. Roy’s issue isn’t exactly clear, but it appears to be conditioning-related.

If he guards Richard Hamilton, Hamilton should run him off screen after screen. If he guards Tayshaun Prince, Prince should post him up.

The latter matchup will have immediate dividends. The former will pay off if Roy is gassed at the end of the game.

2. The Ben Wallace-Marcus Camby matchup

Maybe most of you aren’t intrigued by this, but I am. I love defense, and these are two defensive experts. Both are past their physical peaks, but they’re crafty enough to get the job done.

3. Road struggles

Winning on the road is very difficult for bad teams. The Pistons are 0-3 away from The Palace this season. The Pistons previous two victories said they weren’t imploding. A win tonight would say they might be OK.

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