- Teams: Detroit Pistons (23-43) at Golden State Warriors (36-29)
- Date: March 13, 2013
- Time: 10:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD Plus
What to look for
The Golden State Warriors finally defeated a team with a winning record. Considering the Dubs have positioned themselves to make the playoffs, one would think this would be par for the course, but not quite.
Prior to defeating the New York Knicks on Monday night, the State of the Warriors outlined the fact that Golden State had only registered two victories against teams with winning records since late January.
In addition, their last 10 games have been a little a subpar. They’ve won four of their last 10 contests.
Surprisingly, Golden State is the only Western Conference team projected to make the postseason with a negative scoring differential. And that’s despite their 29-point shellacking of the Knicks earlier in the week.
The Warriors have had some issues in their most recent stretch of games, but they are still a solid team capable of giving anyone a good run.
The frontcourt is difficult to deal with on the boards and also does a great job of creating scoring opportunities on the interior.
The backcourt might potentially be the best shooting guard tandem in the league. The moment that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson get going, opponents might just as well turn off the lights and head home as New York found out Monday night.
The Splash Brothers (term coined by the folks at Warriors World) combined for 49 points with the help of a 10-for-17 shooting night from 3-point range.
The Pistons are coming into tonight’s contest having lost six straight games and will be looking to end this insufferable streak.
The last time these two teams met, Golden State was victorious at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but Detroit pounded them on the boards. Lawrence Frank’s group turned the ball over 17 times and allowed Curry and his teammates to get out in transition.
This is particularly pertinent because it allowed both Curry and Thompson to get a few open looks at the basket and they drilled 9-of-14 treys against the Pistons on December 5th.
With the Pistons making a full-fledged interior assault on the Warriors and the Dubs’ backcourt bombing from deep, tonight’s contest offers the potential for a lot of fireworks.
Both defenses have been mediocre for the most part, a characteristic that should give both teams ample opportunities to put up points on the board.