LeBron James and Chris Bosh take on Pistons, likely without Dwyane Wade

Essentials

  • Teams: Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Jan. 25, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 4-14
  • Heat: 12-5

Probable starters

Pistons:

Heat:

  • Mario Chalmers
  • James Jones
  • LeBron James
  • Chris Bosh
  • Joel Anthony

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +8.5

Over/under: 187.5

Score: Heat win, 98-89.5

Three things to watch

1. Dwyane Wade?

Dwyane Wade flew to Detroit, but none of the Heat Index writers expect him to play. This doesn’t really affect the Pistons chances of winning. (They won’t.) But if you’re headed to The Palace to see the Big Three, count on just two.

2. Austin Daye bouncing back?

After a late-night shooting session with his personal trainer, will Austin Daye break out of his slump tonight? Probably not, but it’s fun to hope. Keith Langlois of Pistons.com at least expects Daye to receive extended minutes again.

Remember, Daye found himself, somewhat, against the Heat last year.

3. Rough waters ahead

After Monday’s loss to the Thunder, the Pistons’ schedule doesn’t get much easier. Their next there games are vs. the Heat, vs. the Hawks and at the 76ers.

Damien Wilkins, via David Mayo of MLive.com (emphasis mine):

“The next four or five games, all the teams are above .500, with playoff and championship aspirations,” Wilkins said. “We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us. It doesn’t take a long time to figure out if guys are up to the challenge or not.”

I fear Wilkins is correct.

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