The Detroit Pistons were just 9-32 at Little Caesar’s Arena last season, so if they want to reach the next stage of their rebuild, it starts with defending the home court.
That will take two things: Wins and fans. The wins will get the fans in the door and loud, enthusiastic fans will help give the Pistons an edge. To their credit, fans have shown up in Detroit, as they were 12th in attendance last season even though they were the worst team in the league.
If this team starts winning, they will once again have the type of environment that they enjoyed during much of their time in The Palace at Auburn Hills.
Hopefully, the team will give something for the fans to cheer for, and there are plenty of great home games to choose from if you are considering attending a game.
Detroit Pistons: 10 best home games to buy tickets for
October 28th vs Chicago Bulls
This is the home opener. Hope will be high, optimism will abound and who knows, maybe they’ll even start the home schedule with a win, as the Bulls haven’t done much to improve their roster and will still be missing Lonzo Ball.
November 6th vs. Golden State Warriors
It’s time for fans to start appreciating that LeBron James and Stephen Curry are two of the best to ever do it. They won’t be around forever, so see them live while you can.
November 29th vs. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron is entering unprecedented territory. He’ll be entering his 21st season, is 38-years-old and arguably still a top-10 player when healthy. When you think of where most of the all-time greats were at this age (shadows of their former selves or out of the league) LeBron truly is something special. And maybe Beef Stew will punch him, who knows.
January 10th vs. San Antonio Spurs
The first chance to see Victor Wembanyama. Hopefully, Jalen Duren will throw him around a bit and dunk on him several dozen times.
January 12th vs. Houston Rockets
The team that could be the Pistons’ biggest rival going forward, this will be the first chance for Detroit fans to see the Thompson twins play each other in person.
January 22nd vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a top-10 player all time before his career is over and everyone should try to catch the Greek Freak in person, as it is something to behold.
March 9th vs. Dallas Mavericks
Cade Cunningham vs. Luka Doncic should be a fun point-guard matchup for years to come.
March 22nd vs. Boston Celtics
Get ready to boo and be loud as the Detroit Pistons take on their oldest and most hated rival. If Detroit is out of this by March, they can at least try to play spoiler against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
March 24th vs. New Orleans Pelicans
It’s a long shot that Zion Williamson is still healthy by this point in the season, but if he is, he is must-see TV. The Pels have a great young roster and could compete for the Western Conference if Williamson and Ingram can stay healthy. Big if.
April 1st vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are the team the Pistons should model themselves after, as they are in a tiny market and manage to compete nearly every season by drafting well and making savvy trades. Plus you’ll get to see Ja Morant and Jaden Ivey flying around.