Wizards (23-19) at Pistons (20-24)
January 21, 2017 at 6:00pm
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
TV: CSN Mid Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM
Last time they met was…
December 16, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington: Wizards 122, Pistons 108
RECAP: Wall Leads Wizards in Win Over Pistons
What to watch: Coming off of a win against the New York Knicks on national television, the Wizards look to improve their 5-13 record away from the Verizon Center.
Will John Wall continue to lead the Wizards to victory and seal an All-Star spot?
Key Match-Up: Tobias Harris vs. Otto Porter Jr.
Tobias Harris leads all Pistons players in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game. This will be a great match up for Otto Porter, who limited Harris the last time they met by a little over 30% from the floor. Otto Porter provides energy, defense, and 3-point shooting, reminds me a little bit of a Bruce Bowen am I right?
X-Factor: Bench Scoring – In their last outing, Detroit’s bench outscored our bench 41-30. Even though it was a Wizards victory, bench scoring is significant as the starters cannot always carry the load. Look for players such as Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith, and Tomas Satoransky to lead the bench for the Wizards.
Fun Factor: The Wizards won their fifth away game last night. Including tonight, the Wizards have 6 away games left before All-Star Break – let’s play over/under:
• 3 out of the 6 teams (Charlotte, Atlanta, and Indiana) have a record above .500
• Potential Outcome: Wizards will win over 9 games before the All-Star game.
Prediction: While playing away from Verizon is challenging for the Wizards, they are riding a 4 game winning streak. I’m looking forward to the Wizards carrying their 4 game streak to Detroit and beating the Pistons to improve their record to 6-13 on the road. John Wall is playing at an exceptional level – and if he continues to put up double-double numbers and get his teammates involved, he might as well head to New Orleans early to get some gumbo and earn a spot as an Eastern All-Star reserve.