The NBA season is in full swing now as we are two weeks into the season. Eight games are up on the board for Friday night in the NBA. One of the matchups up on the board is the historic rivalry between the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. Neither team is off to a fast start this season, but I still expect an exciting matchup. This game will start at around 8:00 PM Easter time on November 1.
Detroit has started off the season with a record of 2-3, which has them tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference with the Charlotte Hornets. The Pistons are coming off a blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors in their last game and will look to bounce back. Detroit has a solid team and I expect them to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot throughout this season.
The Bulls have earned a record of 1-4 to this point in the season. Chicago is currently tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with the New York Knicks. The Bulls have lost three games in a row coming into this matchup. Chicago will look to bounce back with a win in front of their home fans against the Pistons.
The Pistons and the Bulls have a history that goes way back. Now though, neither team is a serious contender, which has slowed down the rivalry. I still expect this game to be a competitive one as both teams look to earn a much needed win early in the season. There is still a lot of time left and every win counts.
Detroit and Chicago met up four times last season, with the Bulls hosting the first game. Zach LaVine had a 33 point night for Chicago, but it was not enough. Blake Griffin dropped 33 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Pistons to a 118-116 win. The second game shifted to Detroit, where double-doubles by Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin helped lift the Pistons to a 107-88 win.
The next two games between the Pistons and the Bulls were in a home and home series. Chicago hosted the first game, but once again a 27 point night by Blake Griffin helped lead the Pistons to victory. Andre Drummond also dropped 20 points and 24 rebounds to help lead Detroit to a 112-104 win. The second game in Detroit was led by Griffin’s 28 points. Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway both dropped 21 as the Pistons won 131-108 to sweep the season series.
Detroit has won seven games in a row against the Bulls over the last two seasons. The Pistons front court dominated Chicago in all four games last season and the Bulls will need to find a way to neutralize it. With Blake Griffin likely out for this game, this will be a bit easier for Chicago as they try and end this slide against Detroit.
Field Goal Percentages
Despite the Pistons poor start to the season, they still have one of the best field goal percentages in the NBA so far. Detroit has made 47.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is fourth best in the NBA. The Pistons defense has been a problem though. Detroit has allowed opposing teams to make 49.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is fourth worst in the NBA.
Chicago has not done well shooting from the field this season and their record shows it. The Bulls have made only 41.1 percent of their shots from the field this season, which ranks 28th in the NBA. Chicago’s defense has been slightly better than the Pistons though. The Bulls have allowed their opponents to make 49.4 percent of their shots from the field.
These two teams have struggled on the defensive side of the court this season and it is a big reason why they both have losing records. Detroit’s offense has been doing well through, making almost half of their shots. The Bulls have a prime chance to get their offense going in this meeting though as they will go up against the Pistons defense who has allowed their opponents to make around half of their shots from the field.
Andre Drummond has led Detroit in Blake Griffin’s absence so far this season. Drummond has made around 21 points and 17.5 rebounds per game to start out this season. Derrick Rose has played a solid role coming off the bench as he has averaged 20.5 points per game. Luke Kennard is averaging 15 points per game, while Markieff Morris has averaged 11 points.
The Bulls have had solid production from Zach LaVine through the first five games of the season. LaVine is averaging 20 points per game. Lauri Markkanen has had a solid start as well, averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Wendell Carter has averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds. Coby White is averaging 12.5 points, while Thaddeus Young has averaged 11.5 points per game.
Both teams have had a couple of guys helping lead the way so far this season in terms of scoring. The Pistons have had a bit better scoring production from their bench, which has helped them win an extra game over Chicago. The Bulls have a really young core and if they can get someone to go off in this game though, they could earn their second win in the young season.
I believe that Chicago has a good chance to earn their second win of the season and end their seven game losing streak against the Pistons. The Bulls match up much better with Detroit with Blake Griffin out of the lineup. I think that Chicago can get the offense rolling against the Pistons struggling defense. The Bulls also have home court advantage, which could help them earn the win.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -3.5 against the spread in this game. This gives a slight edge to the Bulls but is not too big of a line. If this game is close towards the end and the Bulls are leading, free throws could help push Chicago over the edge. All streaks come to an end and I think that the Bulls will end their losing streak against Detroit in this matchup.