- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons
- Date: Jan. 21, 2012
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: Fox Sports Detroit
- Pistons: 3-13
- Trail Blazers: 9-6
- Raymond Felton
- Wesley Matthews
- Gerald Wallace
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Marcus Camby
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons +7
Score: Trail Blazers win, 93-86
Three things to watch
1. The streak
The Trail Blazers have beaten the Pistons six straight games. This obviously makes sense, because in the last three years, the Trail Blazers have been a good team and the Pistons have been a bad team. Neither facct has changed.
2. Rodney Stuckey’s favorable matchup – at least compared to Detroit’s other perimeter scorers
The Trail Blazers force a lot of turnovers, rebound defensively well and send their opponents to the free-throw line often. That means they don’t allow many field-goal attempts, which presents a problem for Detroit’s jump shooters who rely on being in a rhythm.
Rodney Stuckey – who will play, according to David Mayo of MLive.com – could benefit. His drives and ability to get the line aren’t as predicated on rhythm.
3. Greg Monroe vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a rookie, and he he raised those numbers to 17.8 and 7.6 in his second year. Greg Monroe has made a similar jump – 9.4 and 7.5 to 15.7 and 9.6 – from year one to year two.
Seeing these two go head-to-head will show both what Monroe’s future might look like and how far Monroe has to go.