- Teams: Detroit Pistons (3-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-7)
- Date: November 17, 2013
- Time: 9:30 p.m.
- Television: FS Detroit
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons will end their four-game west coast road trip tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Mike D’Antoni’s team will be playing the second game of a four-game home stand that started with a defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. The loss exhibited Los Angeles’ troubles with scoring the ball this season.
Indeed, the Lakers have struggled with developing an identity so far in 2013-14 and that has been mostly evident on offense. The only thing this team can hang its hat on so far in this young season is its long-range shooting.
Everything else is a work in progress. Consequently, the coaching staff has mixed and matched lineups with the intent of finding groups that create high-percentage scoring opportunities.
That presents an interesting chess match between Los Angles and Detroit. The Lakers will probably use a few small-ball lineups to spread the floor and maximize their pick-and-roll plays. Given that the Pistons’ defensive rotations have consistently been slow, the home team will get some decent looks with this tactic.
It’s a dicey proposition for the Lakers however because of the Pistons’ offensive rebounding prowess. Detroit has a knack for crashing the boards and snatching up balls for second-chance points. Typically, this occurs against the big people of their opponents.
Mind you, in this one, Maurice Cheeks’ group will send its starting frontline to the glass against a Los Angeles diminutive five-man unit. If L.A. can hold its own on the boards with a bunch of perimeter players, they will win this one going away. However, if such is not the case, expect the Pistons to steal a game on the road.