Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey and Derrick Rose out, Rip Hamilton likely in tonight's game vs. Chicago

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls
  • Date: March 30, 2012
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 18-32
  • Bulls: 41-11

Probable starters

Pistons:

Bulls:

  • C.J. Watson
  • Ronnie Brewer
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Joakim Noah

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +10

Over/under: 182

Score: Bulls win, 96-86

Read about the Bulls

By The Horns

Notes

1. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Daye starts with Stuck and BG out.

Needless to say, this is a huge opportunity for Daye, but it won’t be easy for him either. The Bulls have brutish perimeter defenders in Ronnie Brewer and Luol Deng who are not only great defensively, but much stronger than Daye too.

2. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago:

Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton went through a full shoot-around Friday morning and is a game-time decision to face the Detroit Pistons, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, while Derrick Rose only participated halfway and will likely miss his ninth consecutive game with a groin injury.

Hamilton, who injured his right shoulder on March 5, has played in just 16 games this season because of various injuries. He began taking contact on Wednesday.

In order for Hamilton to play, the Bulls need “medical clearance first, and when he’s pain free, he goes,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Some believe Hamilton shouldn’t have returned to face his former team in Detroit on Jan. 4. He tweaked his injury and missed the next eight games.

It’s a pretty safe bet that Hamilton is going to do whatever he can to play tonight. The Pistons get a big break with Rose out, though.

3. Can Detroit win three straight road games?

Chicago doesn’t have Rose, but the Bulls still have lockdown defense. Monroe has had a good game against Noah once this season, and he’ll need to break out of his recent slump if the Pistons are going to win tonight.