- Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (15-32) at Detroit Pistons (18-27)
- Date: February 1, 2014
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, trailing the New York Knicks. They are only three games out of the eighth spot and luckily for them, the Philadelphia 76ers are coming into the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight.
In the previous two contests, Detroit has vanquished Philadelphia by double digits. The Pistons are averaging 114.5 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting versus Philly this season.
The success of Maurice Cheeks’ group against the Sixers has been predicated on the strength of their offensive rebounding. Indeed, Detroit has snatched 41 offensive rebounds, which has helped them average a staggering 51 points in the paint in the first two meetings.
The star of the matchups has undoubtedly been Andre Drummond. He has bullied Philly to the tune of 21 points, 15.5 rebounds, four blocks and three steals per game on 63 percent field-goal shooting.
On the flip side, Thaddeus Young has been the best offensive player for the 76ers against Detroit this year. He’s produced 23 points per game on 50 percent shooting, which has kept Phill relatively close.
In the same breath, Young’s poor job on the boards is one of the reasons that Detroit has dominated his team on the glass. Thus, if he continues to average less than five rebounds per game in this series, the Pistons will likely maintain their edge as the top team in this head-to-head battle.
The Pistons have dominated the paint and the charity stripe because of their interior play against Philadelphia this season, and truthfully, there’s no reason to expect anything different tonight.