Pistons open preseason with Cavaliers

Essentials

  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Dec. 16,  2011
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit, NBATV

Records

  • Pistons: 0-0 preseason
  • Cavaliers: 0-0 preseason

Probable starters

Pistons:

Cavaliers:

  • Ramon Sessions
  • Anthony Parker
  • Alonzo Gee
  • Antawn Jamison
  • Anderson Varejao

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -5

Over/under: 193

Score: Pistons win, 99-94

Three things not to watch

Because this first preseason games offers so many potential things to learn about the Pistons, I figured it would be easier list the things not to watch.

1. Starting lineup

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Frank on lineup: "You don’t have to read too much into anything because there will be a different starting lineup on Tuesday."

2. Tayshaun Prince

Prince has been bothered by a sore knee, and given that Wilkins is starting, I’d guess Prince won’t play.

3. Substitution patterns

How Lawrence Frank delegates minutes will be very important – once the regular-season starts. But watching the amount of minutes guys play tonight could show something.

Tags: Damien Wilkins Lawrence Frank Tayshaun Prince