What are the easiest/most difficult months on the Detroit Pistons’ schedule?
T.S. Eliot started his epic poem “The Waste Land” with the line “April is the cruelest month…” but for the Detroit Pistons, that month will be November. Detroit starts out in October with winnable games against the Hornets, Bulls and Thunder after opening against the Heat.
But November takes a sharp turn and it will be hard for the Pistons to find a win past the 1st of the month, when they play the Trail Blazers at home. There are some winnable games against the Bulls, Hawks, Raptors, Pacers and Wizards, but the rest of the month is brutal.
Detroit will take on the Pelicans, Suns, Warriors (a back-to-back), Bucks, 76ers, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Lakers and Knicks in their remaining games in November. The Wizards and Bulls are the worst teams they will play and Detroit was 0-7 against them last season.
In other words, the 2023-24 could get ugly quickly if the Detroit Pistons get off to a slow start.
The Pistons have to make up ground in January
The easiest month on the schedule (obviously things could be vastly different next season) should be January, where the Detroit Pistons have a slate of winnable games against the Rockets (x2), Jazz, Spurs, Wizards (x2), Hornets and Thunder mixed in with the. Warriors, Nuggets and Bucks (x2).
None of these games are gimmes of course, but at least Detroit will have a chance to rack up some wins against teams that should be near them in the standings.