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#547 Detroit Pistons vs.
#548 Phoenix Suns
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 9:10pm EST
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Written by The Admiral

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Detroit Pistons (5-15) vs. Phoenix Suns (11-6)

The Detroit Pistons will wrap up their six-game road trip Friday, November 25, 2022, with the cross-conference clash against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and the tip-off is set at 9:00 PM ET. 

Detroit meets Phoenix for the first time in 2022-23, and the Suns aim for their fourth consecutive victory over the Pistons. Last season, Phoenix beat Detroit 135-108 as an 11.5-point road favorite and 114-103 as an 11.5-point home fave. 

The Pistons hope for another upset

The Detroit Pistons (5-15; 9-9-2 ATS) have linked a couple of wins for the first time this season. After stopping a seven-game losing streak with a 110-108 victory at the Denver Nuggets, the Pistons stunned the Utah Jazz 125-116 as 12-point road underdogs this past Wednesday. Playing on the second day of a back-to-back set, Detroit shot 49.4% from the field and 50.0% from downtown (12-for-24) while outscoring the Jazz 52-42 in the paint. 

“Ball movement! We probably had only two possessions where we over-dribbled. ... The ball moving beats any rotation in the league,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said

The Pistons dished out 24 assists and committed just seven turnovers last Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic notched 23 points and five rebounds, Kevin Knox had 21 points and a plus-9 net rating, while Marvin Bagley III added 19 points, six boards, and a couple of assists and steals. 

Last Tuesday, Bojan Bogdanovic accounted for 22 points and nine rebounds in a narrow victory against Denver. He’s hit a 20-point mark in five straight outings. The Pistons are scoring 110.6 points per 100 possessions (21st in the NBA), but they are yielding 118.3 points in a return (29th). 

The Suns aim for a third straight win, too

The Phoenix Suns (11-6; 11-6 ATS) are coming off a 115-105 home victory against the Los Angeles Lakers this past Tuesday. It was their second win in a row, and the Suns beat the line for the fourth time in five games, covering a 9.5-point spread. Phoenix took advantage of the Lakers’ poor shooting night (4-for-22 from deep) and spoiled Anthony Davis’ monster performance (37 points and 21 rebounds). 

Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges accounted for 25 points apiece, while Deandre Ayton posted a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Suns went 16-for-34 from beyond the 3-point line and handed out 23 assists. 

Phoenix boasts the third-highest offensive rating in the NBA, tallying 117.0 points per 100 possessions. The Suns make 38.4% of their 3-pointers (5th in the league) and dish out 28.2 assists per 100 possessions (2nd). Their defense ranks sixth in adjusted efficiency (109.6 points per 100 possessions) and seventh in field goal percentage (45.5%). 

Chris Paul (heel) has returned to practice but will miss his eighth straight game Friday. Cameron Johnson (knee) will be on the shelf for a while, and Landry Shamet remains in the concussion protocol. 

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The Pistons have serious injury problems. They miss Cade Cunningham (19.9 PPG, 6.0 APG) and Isaiah Stewart (12.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG), while Jaden Ivey (16.2 PPG, 4.3 APG), Killian Hayes (6.2 PPG), and Saddiq Bey (14.7 PPG) are all listed as questionable for Friday’s clash. The shorthanded Pistons will have a mountain to climb at Footprint Center, so I’m backing the Suns to cover a huge spread. 

After a couple of surprising victories, the Pistons will have to deal with one of the best teams in the league. The Suns have played well in Chris Paul’s absence, and I’m looking for more of the same. Phoenix is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine outings on the home court. 

Prediction: Take the Phoenix Suns ATS

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The under is 5-1 in the Suns’ last six home contests, and their rivals have hit a 110-point mark just once in that stretch. Phoenix is recording 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes (24th in the league), so I’m going with the under on the totals. Detroit is tallying 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes (16th), and the Pistons might be quite shorthanded Friday in Arizona. 

The Pistons have shot the ball well over their last two showings, but the Suns are a much better defensive team than the Jazz and Nuggets. Detroit could easily stay below a 100-point mark in this matchup. 

Prediction: Go under
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