Pistons-Cavs battle it out to avoid the Central basement

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Date: Dec. 5, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 6-14

Cavs: 7-12

Probable starters

Pistons:

Cavs:

  • Mo Williams
  • Anthony Parker
  • Jamario Moon
  • J.J. Hickson
  • Anderson Varejao

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -5.5

Over/under: 190.5

Score: Pistons win, 100.75-89.75

Three things to watch

1. A new rotation part deux

John Kuester promised some changes heading into Friday’s game vs. Orlando. Other than keeping Will Bynum out of the rotation, things were pretty much business as usual. The Pistons lost to an Orlando team without its top two players. Will this game against the Cavs be more of the same, or will there be legitimate changes in the rotation?

2. Big guards vs. Fast guards

Three of Cleveland’s four guards — Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions — are of the undersized variety. The Pistons have a big backcourt with Hamilton and Stuckey, and even Ben Gordon is stronger than the Cavs’ guards. Can Detroit take advantage of those mismatches or will the Pistons struggle to guard Cleveland’s quick playmakers?

3. Clawing out of last place

Cleveland, like the Pistons, is in drastic rebuilding mode. The Pistons can tie the Cavs in the win column and draw to within a half game of them in the standings with a win this evening.

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