Greg Monroe will start and Chris Wilcox will join rotation against Hawks

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Atlanta Hawks

Date: Dec. 14, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 7-18

Hawks: 16-9

Probable starters

Pistons:

Hawks:

  • Mike Bibby
  • Marvin Williams
  • Josh Smith
  • Al Horford
  • Jason Collins

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +4.5

Over/under: 186.5

Score: Hawks win, 95.5-91

Three things to watch

1. Greg Monroe starting

Greg Monroe will start in place of Jason Maxiell, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Langlois also reports Chris Wilcox will be Detroit’s backup center, likely forcing Maxiell out of the rotation.

I’m happy to see Monroe starting. He’s earned it, and his rebounding should help.

But I’m not happy about Maxiell likely joining Austin Daye as Pistons who have gone from starting to out of the rotation. I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face – Maxiell is a much better backup center than Wilcox.

2. Facing a winner

The Pistons have a chance to leave the Kings and Wizards in their dust as the only teams that haven’t beat a team with a winning record.

3. Hawks’ huge lineup

The Hawks have replaced injured shooting guard Joe Johnson in the starting lineup with center Jason Collins. They’ve slid Marvin Williams to shooting guard, Josh Smith to small forward and Al Horford to power forward. The new frontcourt has been very good. It works, in part, because Josh Smith has improved as a jump-shooter.

There will be a lot of interesting mismatches on both ends of the court tonight.

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