Detroit Pistons: 3 things to watch in crucial tank-off vs. Timberwolves

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Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Offense or defense?

Both the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves have had some positive trends over their last ten games.

The Pistons have gotten much better defensively, holding opponents to just 107.3 points per game over their last ten. The Pistons are now 10th in the NBA in points allowed per game, a year ahead of Dwane Casey’s goal of having a top-ten defense next season.

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The Timberwolves improvement has come on the other end, as they are scoring 121.6 points per game on average over their last ten. The Timberwolves’ defense is atrocious but they can score with any team in the league.

Something has to give tonight, as the Pistons will try to slow Minnesota’s juggernaut of an offense while trying to mount some kind of attack of their own.

That won’t be easy, as Detroit’s shooting has been awful lately, especially from behind the arc and from the free throw line, where they are one of the league’s worst teams.

While we obviously don’t want the Detroit Pistons to win this game, it would be nice for them to keep up the stout defense, as it will be the foundation of any future success.

The tank championship is tonight in Detroit and Pistons’ fans will be watching nervously as their team plays their most important game in years.

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