Luke Kennard and the Detroit Pistons (20-25) travel to the Capital One Arena to face Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards (19-26) on Monday January 21, at 2:00 pm. The previous matchup between these two teams was on Wednesday, December 26, and finished in a 106-95 victory for the Pistons. This game will be much different due to the absence of injured superstar guard John Wall. The All-Star back court of Wall and Beal combined for forty-two of the Wizards’ ninety-five points. Blake Griffin led the Pistons with twenty-three points, and Langston Galloway scored twenty-two points.
The Washington Wizards started off the season as one of the worst teams in the league at 2-9. They have clawed their way back up to tenth in the east. The Wizards most recent game was the ninth regular season game played in London against the New York Knicks. The Wizards won the game right at the death as Thomas Bryant’s game winning attempt was goaltended by undrafted rookie sensation Allonzo Trier. Washington came back outscoring the Wizards 24-11 in the fourth quarter. Otto Porter Jr. was a spark of the bench for the Wizards scoring twenty points. Bradley Beal led the Wizards for the eighth straight game scoring twenty-six points.
Detroit was stunned by Buddy Hield’s acrobatic last second three-pointer to steal the win for the Kings 103-101. The Pistons had no answer to Hield’s shooting as he was absolutely on fire scoring twenty-one points on his nine attempts from three and scoring thirty-five overall. Again, Blake Griffin had another monster game scoring thirty-eight points. Luke Kennard also scored nineteen points, continuing his streak of great form as of late. The Pistons’ faithful would argue that the refs were poor with questionable foul calls, a weak Griffin technical foul, and potentially a double dribble on Hield’s game winner. Many people have now become frustrated with yet another lack luster performance from Reggie Jackson, as he was shut down completely by De’Aaron Fox.
If Andre Drummond is out of the lineup again, expect another huge game from Blake Griffin. Luke Kennard has been on fire in his last few games and could go off again. Both these teams only have one scoring superstar so expect Monday’s game to be the Griffin vs. Beal show. I would predict Detroit’s starting five as Jackson, Brown, Bullock, Griffin, Pachulia and Washington’s as Satoransky, Beal, Ariza, Green, Bryant.I’m going to predict a 120-116 Pistons victory.