Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons (36-34) will travel to Arizona to take on Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns (17-55) on Thursday March 21 at 10:00 pm in the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Since Phoenix is in the west, the Pistons play them twice, with the first being in Detroit with the Pistons winning 118-107. The Pistons had a very balanced offensive attack, a very rare occurrence, with six pistons between ten and twenty points. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson led with nineteen each, Griffin had sixteen, Galloway had fifteen, and ex-Pistons Stanley Johnson added fourteen, and Reggie Bullock had thirteen. The Phoenix Suns had their normal one man show act with Devin Booker scoring thirty-five. DeAndre Ayton’s solid rookie campaign has been overshadowed by Luka Doncic (rightfully shown) but Ayton has been averaging a double-double this season. Ayton scored twenty-five and grabbed thirteen boards.
The Suns last game was another loss, this time to fellow tankers Chicago. The Bulls won 116-101. Shockingly, Robin Lopez was the leading scorer for the Bulls with twenty-four points, Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen each added seventeen. In one of the many “tank-bowls”, each team would have loved to lose and many of these games actually become pretty good as each team has young players who are budding NBA stars. Like in the last Suns vs. Pistons game, the Booker-Ayton duo each scored twenty-five, and top-pick Josh Jackson dropped eighteen points off the bench.
After the Pistons bounced back against the Raptors, they got dropped by the Cavs. The Cavaliers couldn’t miss from three down the stretch as they topped the Pistons 126-119. The Cavs shot 50% from three with their offense being led by Cedi Osman’s twenty-one points, and Collin Sexton’s twenty-seven. Blake Griffin was rested but that isn’t a good enough excuse to lose to the 18-53 Cavs. Andre Drummond’s crazy rebounding numbers were on display again with his double-double being twenty-one points and boards. Wayne Ellington had twenty-five points showing off why the Pistons signed him with the former Heat player shooting 7-13 from distance.
The Pistons are coming off another brutal game as the Pistons have now shown they are the Warriors against the best teams and the Knicks vs. lottery teams. I would predict Detroit’s starting five as Jackson, Brown, Ellington, Griffin, Drummond and Phoenix’s as Melton, Booker, Bridges, Jackson, and Ayton. I will predict a 115-97 Pistons victory tomorrow night.