Detroit Pistons Status Check:
Home Record: 15-23
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Streak: Lost 2
Last game: 107-101 loss to Minnesota
PPG: 94.1 (24th)
Opponents PPG: 98.9 (17th)
Offensive Rating: 103.2 (23rd)
Defensive Rating: 108.5 (24th)
Pace: 90.6 (22nd)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .484 (20th)
Turnover Percentage: .142 (26th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .730 (22nd)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .28.4 (9th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .194 (23rd)
Opp. eFG%: .505 (20th)
Opp. TO%: .129 (25th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .209 (19th)
Leading scorer: Greg Monroe (16.0)
Stats from Basketball-Reference
Detroit Injury Report:
Will Bynum: questionable (sore right hand)
Jason Maxiell: out (detached retina)
The Bulls sit one and a half games back of Brooklyn for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with Atlanta one and a half back of Chicago. With seven games left for the Bulls, and fewer for the other two squads, it’s possible that the playoffs remain this way.
That would put Brooklyn and Chicago against each other in round one, with the Bulls likely missing out on home court advantage unless they can make up that one and a half game difference. Both the Nets and Bulls have two playoff teams left on their schedule, but Chicago probably has the advantage there.
Chicago plays the Knicks on Thursday and the Heat next Sunday. New York will be a tough game, but the Bulls are 3-0 against them this year. And Miami will probably be resting some, if not all, of the big three at that point in the season, as they already have the top spot in the East wrapped up.
Brooklyn has the Celtics and Pacers, with both coming on the road. Boston can’t rest guys, because they already have too many injuries. And depending what happens this next week, Indiana could still be fighting with the Knicks for the number two spot in the conference.
At this point in the year, playoff seeding is what really matters. The Bulls, in my opinion, have a chance to beat anyone in the East in a seven game series besides Miami. But they could also fall flat and lose to anyone in the East. It’ll probably be Brooklyn that they matchup with, and the Bulls are 3-1 against the Nets in the regular season, including 1-1 in Barclays Center.
Playoff seeding passed Detroit a long time ago, and the Pistons limp to the finish of another below .500 year. Detroit has won just two games since the beginning of March, losing 15 of 17 over that stretch. The Pistons beat Charlotte 92-91 in late March, and topped Toronto to start the month of April. But every time the Bulls meet the Pistons, it ends up as a nail biter.
If all goes as it has all season between these squads, the Bulls will fall behind, make a rally, and win by single digits. The Bulls overcame 17-point deficits in the first two contests, and then made a 13-point comeback in the most recent match-up. Chicago’s victories over Detroit have come by four, three and one point.
The Pistons are coming into this game with no rest, after losing to Minnesota last night, and giving Rick Adelman his 1,000th career victory. Brandon Knight scored 25 points on 16 shots in his 41 minutes of action, and Rodney Stuckey scored 20 off the bench as Detroit connected on 53.3 percent of their shots.
Detroit held Minnesota to 43.4 from the field, but Stuckey and company lost the turnover battle big time. Stuckey turned it over five times and the starting line-up combined for 15 turnovers. Detroit coughed it up 24 times overall, compared to 15 for the Timberwolves. Minnesota also got to the line 18 more times, making 14 more freebies.
The Pistons are 7-11 playing on no rest.
Chicago has beaten Detroit 18 straight times, dating back to December of 2008.