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Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets

Essentials

Date: Dec. 9, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 9-12

Denver: 16-6

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Chucky
Atkins
Rodney
Stuckey
Jonas
Jerebko
Jason
Maxiell
Ben
Wallace

Denver:

PG SG SF PF C

Chauncey
Billups
Arron
Afflalo
Carmelo
Anthony
Joey
Graham
Nene

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +7

Over/under: 198.5

Score: Denver wins, 103-96

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 105.7 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.5 (19th)

Detroit pace: 87.4 (30th)

Denver offensive rating: 113.5 (2nd)

Denver defensive rating: 105.9 (14th)

Denver pace: 96.1 (3rd)

Score: Denver wins, 101-97

Outlook

The Pistons have won three in a row, but their opponents in those games are a combined 22-40. Denver presents a real test to see if Detroit has figured out how to succeed without Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

And, of course, Chauncey Billups returns to the Palace again. That won’t make anything easier for Detroit.

4 Comments

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  • Dec 10, 20099:29 pm
    by mat

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    The Pistons are 4-9 when Ben Gordon plays more than 30 minutes. If the Pistons win this game, they will be 6-3 in games where Ben Gordon plays 30 minutes or less.  The losses were to mostly strong teams: Cleveland, Phoenix, and LAC .
    Basketball is a lot more than shooting.

  • Dec 11, 20093:15 pm
    by Dan Feldman

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    Mat, that’s a little misleading because Gordon has had to play more minutes when other players have been hurt. The more players hurt, the less likely Detroit wins.

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