Brandon Knight-Iman Shumpert matchup highlights Pistons-Knicks

Essentials

  • Teams: New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Jan. 7,  2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus, NBA League Pass

Records

  • Pistons: 2-5
  • Knicks: 3-4

Mark Champion:

Interesting note. Pistons have played toughest schedule in the league. Knicks the easiest. .667 vs .358

Probable starters

Pistons:

Knicks:

  • Iman Shumpert
  • Landry Fields
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Amar’e Stoudemire
  • Tyson Chandler

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +4.5

Over/under: 190.5

Score: Knicks win, 97.5-93

Three things to watch

1. Time to score

Scoring per possession across the NBA is down from last year, but the Pistons’ inability to score has been especially pronounced. Thankfully, the Knicks – 21st in defensive rating (105.1) and 25th in opponent effective field goal percentage (51.2) – might provide the elixir. If the Pistons don’t pick up their offense tonight, well, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it would be disappointing.

2. Defending Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (29.1 points per game on 49 percent 2-point shooting and 38 percent 3-point shooting, 3.9 assists per game and 9.4 free throw attempts per game) has been awesome offensively so far this season. Tayshaun Prince, who’s banged up and has looked a step slow lately, will likely guard Anthony first. If that doesn’t work, I’d like to see Jonas Jerebko get a crack at it.

3. Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight will make his second straight start, after he was up and down last night.* He’ll go against Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert, which should be a fun matchup. Knight obviously has a lot to learn, but it will be interesting to compare him to another rookie.

*Rodney Stuckey is still out with an injury, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com, and so is Charlie Villanueva. Ben Gordon will return after missing yesterday’s game due to personal reasons, according to Dave Pemberton of The Oakland Press.

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