Pistons will get a glimpse at their future in Philadelphia

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Date: Jan. 6,  2012
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass

Records

  • Pistons: 2-4
  • Sixers: 3-2

Probable starters

Pistons:

Sixers:

  • Jrue Holiday
  • Jodie Meeks
  • Andre Iguodala
  • Elton Brand
  • Spencer Hawes

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +10

Over/under: 185

Score: Sixers win, 97.5-87.5

Three things to watch

1. Are the kids alright?

We get our first look at Brandon Knight and Austin Daye as a starting backcourt tandem tonight. I’m not sure that will end up leading to much success on the court — Daye has struggled and fallen out of the rotation and Knight is coming off possibly his worst performance of the season — but I can’t deny it’s exciting. With Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon both out, Daye and Knight should be in line for big minutes even if they struggle.

2. Contract year Spencer Hawes

To this point in his career, Sixers center Spencer Hawes has been a serviceable, limited player in the league. He’s show occasional flashes of strong play, but has struggled defensively at times. But contract year Spencer Hawes has been a boss so far. Check his averages — 13.0 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. Along with Elton Brand, who always seems to play well against the Pistons, the frontline will be another test for Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko.

3. Sixers honoring a former Piston

Philly will honor several legends at their home opener tonight, including a former Piston, Earl Cureton. Cureton played three seasons with the Pistons in the mid 1980s.

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Tags: Austin Daye Ben Gordon Brandon Knight Greg Monroe Jonas Jerebko Rodney Stuckey

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