- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Date: Dec. 20, 2011
- Time: 7 p.m.
- Television: Fox Sports Detroit
- Pistons: 0-1 preseason
- Cavaliers: 1-0 preseason
- Ramon Sessions
- Anthony Parker
- Alonzo Gee
- Antawn Jamison
- Anderson Varejao
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons +3
Score: Cavaliers win, 95.5-92.5
Three things to watch
2. Austin Daye at shooting guard
Daye will start at shooting guard, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Like Patrick, I think Daye’s best long-term position is shooting guard. After an up-and-down preseason opener, Daye could show he deserves a spot in the rotation – at shooting guard – with a strong performance tonight.
3. Surprise minutes
With this being the final game before the regular season, this will be Lawrence Frank’s last chance to audition the players he doesn’t already have a firm grasp on. That means borderline starters, borderline rotation players and borderline roster keepers should see extended minutes.
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva will miss the game for personal reasons, and Prince will rest the second half, according to Goodwill. That will free more minutes for Frank to dole out to the unknowns.