Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker duel to snap losing streaks

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats
  • Date: Jan. 13, 2012
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 2-9
  • Bobcats: 2-9

Probable starters

Pistons:

Bobcats:

  • D.J. Augustin
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Derrick Brown
  • Boris Diaw
  • DeSagana Diop

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +3

Over/under: 180.5

Score: Bobcats win, 91.75-88.75

Three things to watch

1. Brandon Knight vs. Kemba Walker

In their game preview, all three Queen City Hoops writers said they’d prefer Kemba Walker long-term to Brandon Knight. Plenty of Pistons fans wanted Walker instead of Knight with the No. 8 pick last year. I’m not big on Walker, and it would be nice to see Knight quiet his doubters tonight.

2. Greg Monroe’s follow-up

Greg Monroe had a career game against the Bucks with 32 points and 16 rebounds. As exciting as that was, 32 and 16 haven’t become the new norm for Monroe. I just want to temper expectations, so nobody is disappointed with 17 points and nine rebounds tonight. Monroe is headed in the right direction, and he shouldn’t be held to an unfairly high standard.

3. Hungry for a win

The Pistons have lost six straight, all to teams better than the Bobcats. This is Detroit’s chance to break that awful streak.

The Bobcats have lost five straight, all to teams better than the Pistons. This is Charlotte’s chance to break that awful streak.

After Charlotte’s last loss, Paul Silas accused his starters of quitting. Lawrence Frank has said his team isn’t playing like it deserves to win.

I’d hope the Pistons and Bobcats bring their A-games tonight, not only because they want a win, but because they fear losing to such a bad opponent.

Tags: Brandon Knight Greg Monroe Lawrence Frank