Detroit Pistons: 3 intriguing matchups vs. the Pelicans

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Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons will try to get back into the win column when the New Orleans Pelicans visit Detroit tonight.

Detroit is in the midst of a  masterful tank job, losing competitive games behind strong play from rookies Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart.

They have both been productive as of late and would undoubtedly go higher if the 2020 Draft were done again.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have been a disappointment so far, as they are loaded with young talent but have yet to consistently put it all together.

They are led by young stars Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, who will be difficult matchups for Detroit to say the least.

There are some intriguing one-on-one battles with the Pelicans but the first matchup I am interested in is Saddiq Bey vs. Everybody.

Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey could have another big night vs. the Pelicans

Saddiq Bey is coming off his best game as a professional, a 30-point, 12 rebound classic in which he made all seven of his 3-point attempts.

Bey is now shooting over 41 percent from behind the arc and has solidified himself as one of the best rookies in his class, a steal at pick 19 and a guy the Pelicans probably wish they had taken instead of Kira Lewis Jr. 

The Pelicans are awful defensively, but especially at defending the 3-point line, as they are just 25th in the NBA in 3-point percentage allowed, with opponents shooting 38.7 percent from behind the arc.

They have given up 50, that’s right 50, three-point makes in the last two games, so Bey should get some good looks.

The rookie sharpshooter should be able to keep rolling against the pitiful 3-point defense of the New Orleans Pelicans.