Lawrence Frank returns to New Jersey

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at New Jersey Nets
  • Date: Feb. 1, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 4-19
  • Nets: 7-15

Probable starters

Pistons:

Nets:

  • Deron Williams
  • Anthony Morrow
  • DeShawn Stevenson
  • Kris Humphries
  • Johan Petro

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +6

Over/under: 180.5

Score: Nets win, 93.25-87.25

Three things to watch

1. A bad time for Deron Williams

Brandon Knight is struggling right now, so it’s perhaps not the best time to play against one of the league’s top point guards. Deron Williams is coming off a 34-point game in a loss last night to the Pacers (including this monster dunk over Roy Hibbert). He’s a big, strong guard and it will be a major challenge for Knight to defend him, especially in the third game of a back-to-back-to-back. Just another test in a season of getting thrown to the wolves for Knight.

2. A look at the Hump

Kris Humphries was signed to a bargain contract by the Nets in the offseason after reality TV attempted to ruin his career. Many fans wished the Pistons would’ve pursued him. They, like many teams, didn’t. So far this season, he’s averaging 12.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and a block a game. He’s a big dumb animal, but damn if I wouldn’t love that kind of production next to Greg Monroe right now.

3. Can Lawrence Frank get a win vs. his old team?

I’m sure Frank would like nothing more than to beat the team that fired him. Fortunately, things might be aligning for the Pistons to pull it off. The Nets will be playing without injured starters Brook Lopez, Mehmet Okur and MarShon Brooks. That still might not be enough for the Pistons to win on the road, especially if Williams has a big night, but it certainly gives some hope that the game can be competitive.

Tags: Brandon Knight Lawrence Frank

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