November 19th, 7:30 PM
One of the early home games of the season features last year’s surprise team. This year, they bring even more talent to the table at guard. What will be interesting to see is how Detroit adjusts to their up tempo offense. Detroit also finished in the top five in fast break points per game last season. That just sounds like a bunch of fun.
December 9th, 7:30 PM
There are plenty of reasons to want to head out to the Palace for this matchup. Anyone who remembers the early christmas present that Damion Lillard dropped on the Pistons in overtime last year has a little angst in their heart. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 23 points per game last year against Detroit.
December 26th, 7:30 PM
Is there anything better than basketball the day after Christmas? Instead of lounging on the couch digesting your crazy great aunt’s fruit cake — you’re going to want to head on down to the Motor City to watch Rodney Stuckey make his return to the Palace. He’s just like that sticky fruitcake. When you’re not forced to partake of it — you can just point and laugh.
January 4th, 6 PM
This is Motown, where everyone loves to Boogie! Plus, Nik Stauskas returns to Michigan for the first time since his domination of the Big Ten conference last season. Pistons assistant Brendan Malone will also be coaching against his son and current Kings head coach Michael Malone. What isn’t to like about this home game?
January 31st, 7:30 PM
As much of an offensive juggernaut the Rockets are, the number one reason I want to be at this game is to witness KCP and Jodie Meeks exploiting James Harden’s so called improved defense. It will also be interesting to witness how the Pistons post game has improved over the year against a stiff test like Dwight Howard.
March 8th, 6 PM
There are tons of reasons why you might want to be at this game. First, there actually could be playoff implications on the line if Detroit can surprise some people during the season. Last year, Andre Drummond made it clear that his toughest match up all season was Al Jefferson. It would be fun to watch how his game has improved against him. And for all of us coaching matchup nerds, seeing Steve Clifford coach against a Van Gundy is on the bucket list.