Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Jan. 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
- Jrue Holiday
- Jodie Meeks
- Andres Nocioni
- Elton Brand
- Spencer Haws
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons -2
Score: Pistons win, 97.5-95.5
Three things to watch
1. Well-rested Pistons
The Pistons last played Tuesday, and in games after at least two days off, they’re 4-4. How telling is that statistic? We’ll learn more tonight, but there’s evidence for and against relevance.
Three of the wins came against the lowly Clippers, Wizards and Raptors. (The other came against the Hawks.)
The last two such losses were close contests with the Jazz and Bulls, the latter of whom the Pistons took to overtime. (The other two came against the Clippers and Celtics.)
2. Rodney Stuckey returns to the starting lineup
JK asked in the comments while I was out of town about the Pistons’ record since the Chauncey Billups-Allen Iverson trade relative to Stuckey playing. I caution from putting too much stock into this, because there are a lot of other variables, but:
- When Stuckey plays: 65-116 (.359)
- When Stuckey doesn’t play: 12-6 (.667)
3. Playoff implications!
Believe it or not, if the season ended today, the 76ers would make the playoffs.
With a win, the Pistons would sit just 2.5 games back from the eighth seed.