Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Hornets
Date: Dec. 19, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
- Chris Paul
- Marco Belinelli
- Trevor Ariza
- David West
- Emeka Okafor
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons +4.5
Score: Hornets win, 94.5-90
Three things to watch
John Kuester said the starting lineup would be a game-time decision today, according to Chris Iott. I don’t think Iott is blindly guessing when he says Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva will start.
This is the move everyone has been clamoring for – and part of what Patrick called for Friday. I think it’s time, too. Obviously we’ll be keeping a close eye on those two. Is Villanueva the missing piece for the starting lineup? Will Gordon look like himself again?
I’m also extremely curious how Richard Hamilton will take the news.
Do the Pistons have any pride? The way they played against the Clippers on Friday and the Hornets 11 days ago suggests no. They have to know what fans think of them after that Clippers loss, and they couldn’t have forgotten about the Hornets loss already.
3. Hornets’ focus
Speaking of pride, Michael McNamara of Hornets247.com alerted me to an interesting trend.
The Hornets are just 1-3 on Sundays. Although two of those losses came to the Spurs, neither was close. The Hornets’ loss to the 76ers wasn’t close, either. And New Orleans’ win came by just four points over the Kings.
As Pistons fans should know, Sunday losses might not be a coincidence.
- I answered a few of Michael McNamara’s questions for the Hornets247.com game preview.
- TrueHoop Network bloggers analyze the Magic’s trades with the Suns and Wizards.