It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood down in Buzz City. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they make the trip to face the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Detroit comes in off a 117-108 road loss to Miami Tuesday night in their previous contest. Charlotte fell 119-117 at home to Memphis in their previous contest Wednesday night. The Pistons lead the all-time regular season series 58-53 but the Hornets have won the last six meetings between the teams. That includes a 104-91 road win in the most recent matchup on April 7, 2019.
Detroit Pistons Hope to Get Back on TrackDetroit was beat up in the second game of a back to back situation as they were unable to keep up with the Heat. The Pistons entered Thursday in the basement of the Central Division, four games behind the Bucks. Detroit trailed by 11 after the opening quarter and by 20 at the half in this contest. Despite their best efforts, the Pistons couldn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way as they suffered their third straight loss. Detroit shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 15 of 41 from three-point range, in the contest. The Pistons lost the rebounding battle 42-32 and missed 12 of their 37 free throw attempts. Luke Kennard led Detroit with 22 points in the loss.
The Pistons enter this contest 18th in the league in scoring offense with 108.9 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 30th in rebounding with 41.1 boards per contest and 11th with 24.7 assists per game. The Pistons are just below the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 20th by allowing 112.5 points per game. Andre Drummond is leading the team in the early going with 19.9 points, 16.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes 18.7 points plus 6.1 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 18.9 points per game. Markieff Morris adds 11.9 points plus 3.8 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 11.6 points a night. Detroit is fifth in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.9 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are 15th in threes made per game with 11.8 per contest and stand first in three-point shooting as they connect on 40.2 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has missed the last seven games with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he is expected to miss at least four weeks. Blake Griffin made his season debut Monday against the Timberwolves and then rested Tuesday against the Heat: he is expected to play here.
Charlotte Hornets Looking to Bounce BackCharlotte dropped their fourth straight game as they were beaten at home by Memphis in their last game in the final seconds. The Hornets entered Thursday third in the Southeast Division, 3.5 games behind the Heat. Charlotte was in a tight game all the way: they were down three after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by two after three quarters. Charlotte was tied in the closing seconds but gave up the game-winning bucket with 0.7 seconds to play. The Hornets shot 48.9 percent from the field, including 16 of 37 from three-point range, but were burned by Memphis shooting 53.3 percent from the field. Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 33 points and six assists in the loss.
The Hornets are a below average team offensively in the early part of the season, ranking 21st in the league with 106.8 points per game. Charlotte is 29th in rebounding with 41.3 boards per game and tied for 14th by dishing out 24 assists per contest. The Hornets are below average defensively this season as they are ranked 21st in scoring defense by allowing 113.7 points per game. Terry Rozier is second on Charlotte with 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season. PJ Washington (12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds), Devonte’ Graham (team leading 18 points, 7.3 assists), Cody Zeller (13.2 points, 9.6 rebounds) and Miles Bridges (13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds) are all scoring in double figures. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk and Marvin Williams are solid contributors offensively as well. The Hornets are tied for 19th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 11th in the league with 12.5 threes per game while ranking 9th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Pistons are 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pistons are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Central Division teams
- Hornets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference teams