Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons (32-31) take Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls (19-47) in Chicago’s United Center on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 pm EST. Then the two teams will play again on Sunday March 10, at an early noon tip at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. This is last two of the four games between the Bulls and Pistons. The previous two games took place on October 20, 118-116 Pistons victory, and November 30, 107-88 Pistons victory. In the first game, the team leaders were Griffin with twenty-six points, Drummond with twenty rebounds, and Jackson with six assists. For the Bulls, the team leaders were LaVine with thirty points, Portis with eleven rebounds, and Arcidiacono with eight assists. In the second game, the team leaders were Griffin with twenty points, Drummond with twenty rebounds, and Bullock with six assists. For the Bulls, the team leaders were Carter Jr. with twenty-eight points and seven rebounds, and LaVine with nine assists.
The Chicago Bulls are coming off a shocking win that came down to the wire. They defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108-107 thanks to a Zach LaVine and-one buzzer beater. Zach LaVine’s thirty-nine points were enough to defeat the Sixers and shock the basketball world. LaVine’s supporting case was the Robin Lopez scored nineteen points and grabbed nine rebounds, Otto Porter Jr. scored fifteen with nine rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen scored eleven and added eight rebounds. All-star Joel Embiid’s absence was felt as his replacement Amir Johnson scored nine points and had eight rebounds, a lot less than Embiid’s average. Jimmy Butler scored twenty-two points against his former team. Ben Simmons scored eighteen points, J.J. Reddick had fifteen, and new Sixer, Tobias Harris added thirteen to round out the starting lineups offensive production.
The Detroit Pistons label as the hottest team in basketball continued to be accurate as the Pistons destroyed the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves offense with twenty-four points. Andrew Wiggins eighteen points, Jeff Teague fifteen points, and Anthony Tolliver ten points, were the only double-digit scorers. Taj Gibson scored ten points also, but he was ejected for an elbow to the throat of Andre Drummond to cause a commotion. Blake Griffin only scored nine points, however the Pistons won 131-114. Andre Drummond had a monster thirty-one-point fifteen rebound double-double. But the story of the game was the bench production from Ish Smith’s nineteen points, and Luke Kennard’s hot streak continued with his 8-16 shooting from the field resulted in twenty-one points.
The Pistons are 8-2 in their last ten and look to keep that same record after this weekend series against the Bulls. Now in the sixth seed, the #pistonsplayoff push is becoming a reality. The Bulls line up should be Dunn, LaVine, Porter Jr., Markkanen, and Lopez, while the Pistons lineup should be the usual Jackson, Ellington, Brown, Griffin, and Drummond. I will predict the Pistons to win both games this weekend and improve to 34-31.