Detroit Pistons (3-2) vs. Golden State Warriors (4-2)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, October 29th, 8:30 pm EST
The Pistons take on the Warriors on Sunday in a tough test for the currently 3-2 Pistons. They have to play the only undefeated team left in the NBA, the Clippers, on Saturday night and then travel up to the Bay Area to take on the defending champion Warriors the next night. The schedule makers weren’t very nice to the Pistons in this case. They have alternated wins and losses to start the season so if they lose to the Clippers they are lined up for a win versus the Warriors……yeah right.
The Warriors have gotten out of the gate a little slow and were 1-2 before their recent three game winning streak. They almost lost their third game of the season on Friday as the Wizards led the first three and a half quarters before the Warriors finally pulled ahead and won 120-117. The game was marred by a fight and ejections to Bradley Beal and Draymond Green.
Detroit alternates wins and losses
The Pistons began the year be beating the Hornets, lost to the Wizards, beat the Knicks, lost to the Sixers, and then beat the Timberwolves. Assuming they lose to the Clippers on Saturday this would set them up for a win against the Warriors on Sunday, but that would surely be the most shocking win yet. The Pistons have played well with the 11 point loss to the 76ers the only bad game they have played.
Their other loss was a four point game against the very good Wizard team. Their latest win was their most complete of the year as they dismantled the Timberwolves behind the play of Tobias Harris. He shot 14 of 24 from the field including six of nine from the three-point line and finished with a game high 34 points.
The Warriors escape versus the Wizards
The Warriors were completely outplayed on Friday, but they do what great teams do, and that’s win a game they had no reason to. The Wizards took it to them from the opening tip and led for 45 of the 48 minutes of the game. The Warriors played much better in the second half however and were able to overcome a 14 point halftime deficit and a 10 point deficit to start the fourth quarter.
Draymond Green and Bradley Beal got into a wrestling match in the second quarter that looks like it was preceded by a punch from Beal. He may be suspended. Still, the Wizards hung tough without their second best player as Otto Porter put up 29 points including seven three-pointers. The Warriors were paced by Kevin Durant who had 31 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in a great all-around game.
The Detroit Pistons are:
- 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest
The Golden State Warriors are:
- 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 on 1 day’s rest
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus the NBA’s Central Division
The Pistons have been frisky this year, but facing the Clippers and then the Warriors on back to back nights is too much to ask. I think this one gets ugly early and the Warriors blow the Pistons out.