Tale of the Tape
[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]PISTONS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]33-22[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]22-33[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]99.5[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]98.3[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]97.9[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]99.6[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost 2[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost at Cavs 127-89[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won vs Bulls 100-91[/ezcol_1third_end]
Last time they met was..
Game Notebook 8: The Night Rasual Took F Street
What to watch: If you’re an NBA fan, you may have heard: The Pistons were 5-23 before waiving Josh Smith. Since? 16-10. That’s a win percentage of 0.615. The Wizards on the season have a win percentage of 0.611. These are not your November Pistons. Gone are the days of horrendous shot selection and horrible spacing. Even without Brandon Jennings, Stan Van Gundy has the team maximizing their potential. They have been utilizing a heavy dose of DJ Augustin pick-and-roll with Andre Drummond or Greg Monroe, or running the offense through Monroe, an excellent passing big, from the high post. With the loss of Augustin, and the addition of Reggie Jackson, look for the system to remain the same. Jackson is better than Augustin, but will likely be trying to fit in and not disrupt chemistry as the “new guy” to Detroit. Jackson is going to be an upgrade for Detroit, but fortunately for the Wizards, the upgrade may be less obvious tonight.
The Wizards are better than the Pistons, but not by as much as you might think. The Wizards bigs will need to be on their A game defensively, and finish every possession by cleaning the glass. Remember what we said about Tristan Thompson on the offensive glass? Andre Drummond is even better.
Key match-up: Wizards bigs vs Pistons bigs.
This should be fun. Gortat vs Drummond. Nene vs Monroe. The Pistons love to play inside out, and relatively inside the arc. The Wizards love to play inside the arc, and occasionally are disciplined enough to keep playing inside out. Look for the bigs to be engaged and attacking on both ends, for all four quarters. The tandem with the better numbers is likely to be the team with the most points when the final buzzer sounds.
X-factor: Transition defense. Monroe and Drummond both run the floor and run it hard. Both have soft hands. Monroe has a soft touch around the rim. Drummond just causes physical and emotional harm from above the rim. If the Wizards bigs get caught slacking after empty possessions, the Pistons will make them pay.
Fun factor: “Where’d he go to school?!” The Pistons are a who’s who of “who the eff is he?!” players. You’ll see player after player you recognize from college, but just can’t remember where from! Jodie Meeks. Reggie Jackson. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. John Lucas. Kyle Singler. Study up. Then challenge your friends to a game of “where’d he go to school?” and “who’d he play with in college” and you’ll stay entertained and feeling superior all night.
Prediction: Gortat and Nene accept the challenge, and team up to carry the Wizards to victory.