The Detroit Pistons will take on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in Little Caesar's Arena, hoping to finally end the longest losing streak in franchise history.
If it weren't for the Pistons and their shameful 17-game losing streak, the Grizzlies might be the most disappointing team in the NBA, as they are just 5-14 after entering the season with aspirations to compete for a title.
The suspension of Ja Morant and a slew of injuries dampened those hopes, though the Grizzlies still think they can turn their season around when Morant eventually returns later this month.
The Pistons are in desperation mode at this point, as they are staring down one of the worst stretches of basketball in the history of the league, winning just four games since last year's trade deadline.
Memphis will again be missing a ton of players tonight, so will this finally be the end of the streak?
Pistons vs. Grizzlies injury update
The Pistons will be missing the usual suspects tonight, as Monte Morris and Joe Harris (great trade!) are still out with no timetable for a return. Marvin Bagley III, who is due for an injury, is listed as probable with back spasms, so we could get a dose of James Wiseman tonight in case you needed more reasons not to watch.
The Grizzlies will be without Morant, Marcus Smart, Steven Adams, Brandon Clarke, Luke Kennard and Jake LaRavia. So it will basically be Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and a bunch of replacements tonight in Detroit. If the Pistons can't get a win in this one, it's hard to even imagine when the next one is coming, as this is the best chance remaining on their December schedule.
But the oddsmakers have no faith in Detroit.
Pistons odds vs. Grizzlies
Even though the Pistons are at home, playing against another bad team that has half its roster out with injury, they are still 1.5-point underdogs according to Fanduel.
The most embarrassing part is that sportsbooks generally give the home team a 2-3 point swing, so they are actually saying the Pistons are more like 4-point dogs at home to a team that is starting Bismack Biyombo at center. I'm not sure the Pistons would be favored against the Motor City Cruise (who are rolling) at this point. Your restoration, folks!
How to watch Pistons vs. Grizzlies
You could probably go to the game and buy floor seats tonight for under 10 bucks, so if you live in Detroit, head downtown and maybe a buzzed-up Tom Gores will throw a t-shirt at your head.
If not, you can watch the 7:00 PM ET tip-off on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM The Ticket. You can also stream on NBA League Pass if you reside outside of the Detroit region or try FUBOtv for a free trial.