The Detroit Pistons play the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. The Spurs are coming off a win, in which head coach Gregg Popovich became the ninth coach in NBA history to have 1,000 wins and only the second to reach the milestone with the same team. That win improved the Spurs to 33-19.
The Detroit Pistons last game was last night versus the Charlotte Hornets, which they won by a score of 106-78. That win was their 16th in the last 25 games, putting them to within one and a half games of eight place in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons got the load of the scoring from Greg Monroe in that game, as he led the game with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons come in to this game with a record of 21-32. This is both teams’ last game before the NBA’s All-Star break, with the All-Star game festivities being in New York this weekend.
The Spurs and Pistons previously played on January 6th, with the Pistons barely edging out the Spurs in dramatic fashion, 105-104, with Brandon Jennings hitting a buzzer beater to give the Pistons the win. The results in this game will probably be different, because in the last game, Kawhi Leonard was out due to injury, and we all know how valuable he is to the Spurs.
The Pistons will be without Cartier Martin and Caron Butler in this game, both of whom are day to day. Greg Monroe leads the Pistons with 15.5 points per game, while Kawhi Leonard leads the Spurs with 15.6 points per game.
Pistons star Andre Drummond is second in the league in rebounding, averaging 12.9 rebounds a game. In their last 10 games, the Spurs are 7-3, while the Pistons are 4-6. The important record stat for this game is the Pistons lowly record at the Palace, going 10-17 thus far this season. The Spurs road record is above .500 but not by much, going 13-12 this season. The Spurs are the only team in this matchup with an All-Star going to the Big Apple this weekend in Tim Duncan, who will be representing the Western Conference.
The Spurs will not have to wait until after the All-Star break to get head coach Greg Popovich his 1,001th win, as they are very likely to win this match. The Spurs should get a big performance out of their All-Star Tim Duncan, who has been a double-double machine even at the age of 37.
The Pistons will go into the All-Star break wondering how to make a push in the second half of the season for a playoffs spot, while the Spurs will go into the break working to make an upward push in the standings, where they currently sit seventh in the Western Conference, in playoff contention, in possibly Tim Duncan’s last season in the NBA, as his contract is over after this season.