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Game Preview: Detroit at New Jersey

Essentials

Date: April 1, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 36-38

New Jersey: 30-34

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Kwame
Brown

New Jersey:

PG SG SF PF C

Devin
Harris
Vince
Carter
Trenton
Hassell
Ryan
Anderson
Brook
Lopez

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit -1.5

Over/under: 186.5

Score: Detroit wins 94-93

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.8 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.6 (14th)

Detroit pace: 86.8 (29th)

New Jersey offensive rating: 108.2 (13th)

New Jersey defensive rating: 111.3 (24th)

New Jersey pace: 90.1 (22nd)

Score: Detroit wins 96-95

Outlook

Which team will self-destruct first?

Allen Iverson is complaining about his role, and it only took Rasheed Wallace one game back from his injury to get suspended for technical fouls.

The Nets have lost five in a row and nine of their last 11. Their most recent loss was 107-78 drubbing against Milwaukee.

The Pistons hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is basically out of the race.

So, Detroit has a lot more to play for. But will they play like it?

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