The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout Saturday. Eight games will be up on the board throughout January 30. One of these games will be between the Detroit Pistons and the Golden State Warriors. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pistons have opened up this new campaign with a record of 5-14, which has them sitting in fourteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Detroit is coming off a win in their last game and have won two of their last three. The Pistons will look to turn this into a winning streak in this one. Detroit has had a tough start, but still could turn it around early in the season.
Golden State has posted a record of 10-9 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Western Conference. The Warriors are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five games. Golden State will look to bounce back with a win in this one. The Warriors will look to knock off a Detroit team that has struggled this season.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but neither team is sitting in a playoff position to this point in the season. The Warriors are right on the edge and will need to win games like these ones if they want to make a playoff push. The Pistons have hit a small streak and will look to build off of it as they enter Saturday night’s tilt.
The Pistons and the Warriors met up once last season. The game was in Golden State on January 4. Alec Burks dropped 27 points and Omari Spellman added 23 points. It was not enough for the Warriors though. Derrick Rose finished with 22 points and Sekou Doumbouya added 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons were able to pull away with a 111-104 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was on December 29 in Detroit. Jerami Grant put up 27 points and Josh Jackson added 17, but it was not enough for the Pistons. Stephen Curry finished with 31 points, while Andrew Wiggins dropped 27. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points to help lead the Warriors to a 116-106 win on the road.
These two teams have met up twice over this season and the last, with each team winning a game on the road. Golden State will look to turn that around as they hunt for a win at home in this one. The Pistons are starting a five game road trip out West and will look to kick it off with a bang against the Warriors. I expect both teams to come out quickly in this one as they try to set the pace.
Field Goal Shooting
Detroit has not been great shooting from the field so far this season. The Pistons have been able to make 43.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 30th in the league. Detroit is also shooting 36.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 13th in the NBA. The Pistons have made 78.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 8th in the league.
The Warriors have not been great shooting the ball either this season. Golden State has shot 44.8 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Warriors have also made around 35.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is 20th in the league. Golden State is capitalizing on 77.1 percent of their free point attempts, which is 12th in the NBA.
Neither team has been great shooting the ball this season, but the Warriors have been strong on the defensive end. Golden State has held opposing teams to a field goal percentage of 44.5 percent, which is 4th in the league. The Pistons will need to break through early on this defense as their own defense has struggled to slow teams down this season.
Jerami Grant has taken over as a leader for this Detroit team this season. Grant is averaging 24 points and 6 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose has averaged 14.5 points per game off the bench. Wayne Ellington is averaging 13.5 points per game, while Blake Griffin has averaged 13 points. Josh Jackson helps round out this lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Stephen Curry is back and leading the Warriors once again this season. Curry has averaged 27.5 points and 6 assists per game throughout this season. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.5 points per game. James Wiseman has averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 11.5 points, while Eric Paschall is averaging 10.5 points per game this season.
These two teams have had a little bit of a spread from their lineup, but their top players have been the biggest contributors. Grant has taken over in his first season with the Pistons, while Curry is back in the drivers seat after missing most last season with injury. Curry will look to take over once again in this one as he looks to lead Golden State to a much needed win.
The Pistons have hit a small streak coming into this one, winning two of three. I think that Golden State will take care of business though. The Warriors know that they need to knock off teams like Detroit if they want to keep in tight in the playoff race. I like Golden State to come out with good defense to create offense on the Pistons’ mistakes.
BetOnline has the Warriors listed as a -5 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Golden State coming into this game. If the Warriors can come out quickly, I think they can cover this spread pretty easily. Detroit is coming off a surprise win against the Lakers, which I think could lead to a let down in this one. I like Golden State as favorites on Saturday night.