Luke Kennard and the Detroit Pistons (34-31) will travel to New York to take on D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets (35-33) on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 pm at the Barclays Center. This game is a huge matchup in the battle for the sixth seed in the eastern conference with each team tied for the sixth seed. This is third and final matchup between the Nets and Pistons. The two teams opened their season against each other where the Pistons won 103-100. The second matchup was also in October, on October 31. The Nets won 120-119 in overtime on a game-winner from ex-Piston Spencer Dinwiddie. In the first game the Pistons leaders were Blake Griffin with twenty-six points, Andre Drummond with 20 rebounds, and Griffin with six assists. For Brooklyn, Caris LeVert led with twenty-seven points, Jarrett Allen’s ten rebounds, and Dinwiddie’s six assists. In the next game the Nets had Dinwiddie lead with twenty-five points, Ed Davis with ten rebounds, and LeVert with six assists. And for the losing team, Detroit was led by Griffin’s twenty-five points and four assists, and Drummond’s twenty-three points.
The Nets extended their win streak to three with a 114-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with twenty-three points off the bench. The Nets’ balanced offense was on full display with Allen scoring twenty, Russell eighteen, Kurucs sixteen, Carroll thirteen, Harris eleven, and Crabbe ten. The Hawks offense was dominated by their duo of rising stars, John Collins and Trae Young. Collins had a monster thirty-three point and twenty rebound double-double, while Young had a twenty-three-point, eleven assist, ten rebound, triple-double.
The Detroit Pistons swept the Chicago Bulls this weekend and won the second game 131-108. Blake Griffin led with twenty-eight points, and Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway each scored twenty-one points. Langston Galloway now has the longest streak of made three pointers with twelve in a row over the course of the last three games. Andre Drummond continued his streak of double-doubles after posting a 16-15 point and rebound game. The Bulls were without their star Zach LaVine and it showed. Wayne Selden scored eighteen and Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen each added seventeen. The Pistons have now won twelve of their last fourteen going from 22-29 to 34-31.
This game is very important for the race for the sixth seed, as playing Indiana is much more enticing than playing the Raptors. I would predict Detroit’s starting five to remain unchanged as Jackson, Brown, Ellington, Griffin, Drummond and Brooklyn’s as Russell, Crabbe, Harris, Kurucs, and Allen. The Nets have a very balanced attack offensively, but the pistons have had crazy production from the bench unit over the course of the hot streak, so expect a pretty balanced game on all sides. The Nets don’t have a player to neutralize Blake Griffin very well so he could go off. I’m going to predict a 120-115 Pistons victory tomorrow night.