Pistons – surprise, surprise – big underdog at Bulls

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls
  • Date: Jan. 9, 2012
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 2-6
  • Bulls: 7-2

Probable starters

Pistons:

Bulls:

  • Derrick Rose
  • Ronnie Brewer
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Joakim Noah

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +14

Over/under: 178.5

Score: Bulls win, 96.25-82.25

Three things to watch

1. Brandon Knight vs. Derrick Rose part two

Knight gets another chance to face the league’s reigning MVP tonight. Rodney Stuckey is still out, so Knight will likely see big minutes against Rose. Although Knight has struggled offensively of late, his sound defense has been a nice surprise this season. Trying to check Rose in starter’s minutes should be a good test for him.

2. Will they still get open shots?

The Bulls beat Detroit at the Palace, but didn’t do so by playing their trademark defense, giving the Pistons several uncontested looks that Detroit simply didn’t convert. The Bulls were thumped by Atlanta on Saturday, so with yesterday off, it’s a good bet they could take some frustrations out on the Pistons.

3. Some highlights

We all know things aren’t going so well this season. But let’s forget about those sorrows for a moment with some early season highlights:

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