Time for another depressing Chauncey Billups return to Detroit


Teams: Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons

Date: Jan. 26, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus


Pistons: 17-28

Nuggets: 26-18

Probable starters



  • Chauncey Billups
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Kenyon Martin
  • Nene

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +3

Over/under: 207

Score: Nuggets win, 105-102

Three things to watch

1. The Billups-Hamilton reunion.

We know Hamilton and Billups are BFFs, so maybe it will be good for Rip to have a sympathetic ear in town. It’s weird though. Billups returning to Detroit seemed like a huge deal last year. Now? The game’s not even on regular FSD, it’s on Fox Sports Detroit Plus.

2. Frontcourt matchups

Active big men have given the Pistons headaches the last two seasons and Denver features one of the league’s most active in Nene. Nene is shooting a ridiculous 65 percent from the field this year, and he’s stronger and more athletic than Monroe up front, so the Pistons will need another strong effort from Ben Wallace if they’re going to have any success in that matchup.

3. Will the defense continue?

The Pistons have played two straight good defensive games against good offensive teams, limiting the Suns to just 74 points and holding Orlando below their season average as well. Denver is another potent offense. In fact, the Nuggets lead the league in scoring at 107.7 points per game. If nothing else, this will be a matchup of two teams who have played pretty well of late in the face of immense off-court distractions.

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