Pistons try to end Grizzlies' four game winning streak tonight

Essentials

  • Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Jan. 20, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 3-12
  • Grizzlies: 7-6

Probable starters

Pistons:

Grizzlies:

  • Mike Conley
  • Tony Allen
  • Rudy Gay
  • Mareese Speights
  • Marc Gasol

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +4

Over/under: 180

Score: Grizzlies win, 92-88

Three things to watch

1. Rudy Gay getting back into form

After its frontcourt was dismantled by injuries to Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur, the Grizzlies are starting to get things back together. They’ve won four straight games and a player who is himself bouncing back from a serious injury, Rudy Gay, is averaging 21.3 points per game over that stretch while shooting 56 percent from the field. The Pistons haven’t handled athletic wing players well this season, so Gay will prove to be a tough matchup. Hopefully, Tayshaun Prince keeps up his offensive pace of the past few games so Gay will at least have to work on defense.

2. Watch the turnovers

Opposing teams are turning it over 16.6 times per game against Memphis, third most in the league. The Grizzlies boast one of the league’s best perimeter defenders in Tony Allen and point guard Mike Conley is averaging 2.5 steals per game so far this season. Brandon Knight and Ben Gordon have both been turnover prone this season, so Memphis will likely try and take advantage of that sloppiness with the ball.

3. Touches for Monroe

With Randolph and Arthur out, Memphis is heavily reliant on Marc Gasol. He’ll likely guard Greg Monroe and if Monroe can tire Gasol out (he’s playing 38 minutes per game, up seven per game from last season) or get him in foul trouble, the Grizzlies’ options behind Gasol are much more favorable for the Pistons.

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