- Teams: Detroit Pistons (23-42) at Utah Jazz (32-31)
- Date: March 11, 2013
- Time: 9:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Pistons have lost five straight games and are in desperate need of a win. During this recent stretch of losses, Detroit has fallen three times on the road and twice at home.
And if that wasn’t already cause for concern, this is: their next five games are all against playoff hopefuls. The Pistons’ four-game Western Conference road trip started last night with a 32-point loss at Staples Center where the L.A.P.D. are still trying to determine whether to charge DeAndre Jordan with a misdemeanor or felony after attacking Brandon Knight’s manhood with a violent dunk.
Lawrence Frank’s group will have to be prepared for a tough turnaround entering tonight’s game in Utah.
Knight and his teammates will be playing the back end of a back-to-back set. After playing one of the most athletic and explosive frontlines in the NBA last night, the Pistons will be playing a Jazz team whose starting frontcourt is equivalent to UPS Ground in comparison to the Clippers’.
Tyrone Corbin’s unit is methodical and likes to run the offense through its big people. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap will spend most of their time attacking from either the low block or the high post.
This presents a difficult matchup for the road team given that their interior defense has struggled for most of the season.
On the other side of the coin though, tonight’s hosts will be playing their first home game since returning from a four-game eastern road trip that turned into a disaster.
The Jazz lost all four games.
They were defeated in three close heartbreakers and routed in the last contest by 29 points at Madison Square Garden by the New York Knicks.
The losses themselves were deflating for the team and its fans, but it also knocked them out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.
The Los Angeles Lakers now have the inside track on the Jazz and might finish the season by making the playoffs at the expense of Utah.
The Hollinger Playoff Odds predict that Corbin’s team will miss the playoffs by a mere two games. Jefferson and company obviously still have a chance at making the postseason, but that requires them to win games like the one tonight against the Pistons.