The Detroit Pistons nearly pulled off an upset win the last time they shared the court with the Golden State Warriors. How will the game between these teams shape up in a rematch on Wednesday?
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Away: Detroit Pistons (10-32 /7-14 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Killian Hayes
- SG: Cade Cunningham
- SF: Saddiq Bey
- PF: Trey Lyles
- C: Isaiah Stewart
The Pistons are headed for another NBA Draft lottery, with how things are going for them. It’s already past the halfway mark of January and the Pistons only have 10 wins to show. Their fans got reminded again of how dire the situation is in Detroit after the Pistons got clobbered by the Phoenix Suns last Monday at home, 135-108. Since the start of the year, the Pistons have lost four games in nine games, with all four of those setbacks ending with a margin of at least 27 points.
This is a team that’s no longer fighting for a playoff spot. Instead, the Pistons just want to prevent their season from getting even more disastrous. Detroit is filled with young, developing talents, led by Cade Cunningham, who had 21 points against Phoenix. He also had 19 points when the Pistons nearly upset the visiting Warriors back in November in a 105-102 home loss. Even though the Pistons are seemingly broken, they recently pulled off a couple of head-turning upset victories. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on the road earlier this month (115-106) then also beat the Utah Jazz at home on Jan. 11 (126-116). Detroit is 3-2 against the spread in its last five games overall.
Home: Golden State Warriors (31-12/18-3 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry (questionable)
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Otto Porter
- C: Kevon Looney
Just like in the first meeting with Detroit this season, the Warriors could possibly play Wednesday without Draymond Green and Stephen Curry. Green has not missed the last four Warriors games due to a left calf issue. Curry, on the other hand, missed Monday’s 119-99 road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a right-hand problem. It’s uncertain whether Curry would play against the Pistons, but in any case, Golden State should have enough firepower to carve up Detroit’s defense that is allowing 110.7 points per game.
Klay Thompson, Otto Porter, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins can take care of the offense for the Warriors. Poole and Wiggins combined for 59 points in the November win versus Detroit. And with the Pistons missing both Frank Jackson and Jerami Grant this Wednesday, Detroit will not have the two biggest performers in the previous showdown with Golden State. The Warriors enter Wednesday’s game with a 3-2 ATS record in their last five games at Chase Center.
Spread: Sure, the Warriors lost to Minnesota, as they couldn’t slow down Karl-Anthony Towns. The Pistons don’t have KAT nor Jerami Grant. They don’t have a big man who could make Golden State bleed. The Warriors (-14.5) should cover in this game.
Over/Under: The Pistons are 30th in the NBA in average scoring margin. The Warriors will score a lot here, with or without Curry and Green. But the lack of scoring on the side of Detroit and the stingy Warriors defense could prevent the total from hitting the Over. Leaning on the Under (215.5) for this game.