Pistons (18-41, 7-25 road) at Spurs (28-29, 12-19 home)
- Time: 5 PST – 7 CST – 8 EST
- Place: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
- TV: Bally Sports Detroit, AT&T Sports Net, NBA League Pass
Both the Pistons and Spurs come into tonight’s matchup on the second game of a back-to-back as both teams incurred double digit losses yesterday evening. Detroit is 3-10 with no rest while the Spurs are 4-8 in the same situation.
The Pistons are last in the Eastern Conference and are on schedule to get one of the top three picks in the NBA Draft Lottery.
San Antonio had their two-game winning sprint stopped last night by Miami. The Spurs are tied with Golden State for the 9-seed in the Western Conference and are in tenth place by percentage points.
The Spurs had their best shooting night of the season in their 109-99 win over the Pistons on March 15. San Antonio shot 57.7 percent from the floor which off set their season-high of 21 turnovers. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 15 points for Detroit.
- Pistons – Killian Hayes – (injury management) Rodney McGruder – (elbow) Dennis Smith – (knee) – OUT
- Spurs – Trey Lyles – (ankle) – OUT
Vs. The Spread
Pistons (31-24-4, ATS)
- Detroit is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games
- The Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against San Antonio
- Detroit is 2-10 SU in it’s last 12 games vs. the Spurs
Spurs (30-25, ATS)
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Antonio’s last 10 games vs. the Pistons
- The Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games
Last Time Out:
Dallas beat Detroit, 127-117, as Jerami Grant checked in with 26 points and Cory Joesph had 24 for the Pistons. Grant had 15 in the first quarter but was in foul trouble and limted to three minutes in the second and third quarters combined.
Demar DeRozen had 15 points and Derrick White scored 13 as the Spurs dropped a 107-87 decision to Miami. DeRozen went over 1,000 points for the 11th consecutive season as he, Lebron James and Russell Westbrook are the only players to do so since 2010.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Detroit Pistons||+8½ (-110)||+315||O 217½ (-110)|
|San Antonio Spurs||-8½ (-110)||-375||U 217½ (-110)|
The Pistons are going to have to find scoring punch like they did with Grant and Joseph last night. However, the problem is defending as the Mavericks shot 50 percent from the floor and made 16-of-43 triples. Detroit’s last three opponents have shot 50.6 percent from the floor while making 30 combined threes. Opponents have shot 47.9 percent (27th/NBA) this season as the Pistons have defeated a team with a winning record since Feb. 12 when they beat the Celtics.
Key Pistons Stat:
Rookie Isaiah Stewart was relegated to 16 minutes last night as he had seven points and six rebounds. Stewart has started to figure things out in his rookie year as he had 18 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in Monday’s win over Cleveland. That was his third consecutive double-double which hadn’t been accomplished by a rookie since the 2010-11 season.
Saddiq Bey is another rookie that should be a cornerstone for this Pistons team for years to come. He has 134 three-pointers so far this season as he has blown away Detroit’s rookie record for made triples. He has also set the NBA record (5) for most games with six or more threes. His size, length and athleticism also makes him a threat around the basket as he has shot 47.9 percent from inside the arc.
Advantage, San Antonio:
The Spurs are in a must-win mode if they are to make the post season, so they have to rally the troops to try to get their offense to move forward now with more consistency. They bottomed out in last night’s loss to the Heat, so getting Demar DeRozen (22.3 ppg) and Derrick White (18.3 rpg) going consistently on the bounce back is important. Keeping Dejounte Murray (15.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.3 apg) playing at a high clip is important as well.
Key Spurs Stat:
The Spurs have the fourth lowest turnover average in the NBA at 11.5 per game and they are on point to finish with the lowest turnover figure in team history. The 2008-09 team finished at 11.7. Their opponents also average a league low 14.2 points off turnovers.
One problem the Spurs have is on the glass and when they don’t shoot it well like in last night’s loss to Miami, they are at an extreme disadvantage. The Spurs shot only 40.3 percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 44-38.
Winner: Spurs 114 Pistons (+8½) 108