Why are the Pistons favored? Did nobody in Las Vegas see them play the Cavaliers?

Essentials

Teams: Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons

Date: March 26,  2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Records

Pistons: 25-47

Pacers: 32-41

Probable starters

Pistons:

Pacers:

  • Darren Collison
  • Paul George
  • Danny Granger
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • Roy Hibbert

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -2

Over/under: 203

Score: Pistons win, 102.5-100.5

Three things to watch

1. Charlie Villanueva’s role

When John Kuester removed Charlie Villanueva from the Heat game, Villanueva publicly showed his dismay by pointing at Kuester. Kuester publicly reprimanded Villanueva by not playing him against the Cavaliers.

Is the feud over?

Probably. Kuester has done a remarkable job of showing restraint and not holding grudges this season. So, Villanueva can likely go back to seeing his typical 10 minutes of meaningful action per game.

In essence, I’m predicting the Pistons will resolve a problem tonight without actually making any progress toward a solution to anything.

2. Greg Monroe hitting the wall

As Patrick noted, Greg Monroe had a pretty lousy game against the Cavaliers, who dominated him on the defensive glass, where he grabbed just one rebound.

John Kuester didn’t play Monroe in the fourth quarter, perhaps saving him for tonight. If Monroe doesn’t look better against Indiana, it’s worth considering the possibility that he’s run out of gas. Of course, it would still be too early to say anything definitively. Just something to watch.

3. Rodney Stuckey starting over Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady will miss tonight’s game with back and leg troubles (oy!), according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Rodney Stuckey will start in his place, and Will Bynum will re-enter the rotation.

I’m not even going to pretend to come up with a reason this matters at this point.

Pregame Reading

Tags: Ben Gordon Charlie Villanueva Greg Monroe

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