Teams: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats
Date: Dec. 27, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
- D.J. Augustin
- Stephen Jackson
- Gerald Henderson
- Boris Diaw
- Nazr Mohammed
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons +5.5
Score: Bobcats win, 99.5-94
Three things to watch
1. No Gerald Wallace
Gerald Henderson will start in place of Gerald Wallace, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. That’s obviously a pretty big break for the Pistons.
2. Charlie Villanueva on the glass
Boris Diaw is one of the league’s poorer rebounding power forwards. If everything goes to plan, Charlie Villanueva should have his way with him on the boards. That would allow the Pistons to keep one of their best offensive weapons on the court.
If Villanueva isn’t getting the job done on the glass, I suspect Greg Monroe would dominate Diaw for rebounds. But Monroe’s offense game doesn’t threaten the Bobcats quite as much.
3. New Bobcats
Paul Silas will make his debut as the Bobcats’ head coach tonight. I don’t expect Charlotte to look much different, but keep an eye out for a few wrinkles. Hopefully, they confuse the Bobcats more than the Pistons.