It’s an interconference clash on the hardwood in the Motor City between a pair of teams looking to pick up a victory. The Golden State Warriors are on the road as they make the trip to face the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night. Golden State comes in off a last-second 129-128 road victory over Chicago Sunday night in their last game. Detroit was on the road against Atlanta Monday night in the first game of a back-to-back set. In their most recent contest, the Pistons were dropped 128-119 in double overtime by Cleveland at home Saturday night. The Warriors own a 155-146 edge in the all-time regular-season series between the teams but it was the Pistons claiming a 111-104 road win in the lone matchup last season on January 4, 2020.
Golden State Warriors Seek to Even Record
their first win of the season. The Warriors now look to even their record as they’ll face a Detroit team playing their third game in four nights. Against the Bulls, Golden State trailed by three after the opening quarter, led by four at the half and trailed by four after three quarters. The Warriors trailed by nine with 6:24 to play before rallying to tie the game, only to fall behind with five seconds to play. Damion Lee played the hero as he hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds to go to end up with the win. Golden State shot 40.4 percent from the field, including 18 of 47 from three-point range and forced 24 Chicago turnovers to overcome the Bulls shooting 51.2 percent from the floor. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 36 points plus six assists in the loss.
On the season, the Warriors are 22nd in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 109 points per game on the year. Golden State stands 19th in the league in rebounding with an average of 43.7 boards a night while they stand 27th by dishing out an average of 21.7 assists a night. The Warriors are 30th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 130.3 points per contest. Stephen Curry leads the team with 25 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game on the season. James Wiseman kicks in 14.7 points plus 5.7 boards a night while Andrew Wiggins puts up 14.7 points a game. Golden State looks to Kelly Oubre Jr., Brad Wanamaker, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss, Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole to contribute on both ends of the floor for coach Steve Kerr. As a team, the Warriors are 30th in the league by shooting 37.4 percent from the floor on the year. Golden State stands 10th by knocking down an average of 12.7 three-pointers a night while they are 25th by shooting only 30.4 percent from three-point range on the season. Green remains out for this contest with a foot sprain.
Detroit Pistons Playing Second Game of Back-to-Back Situation
Detroit was on the road in Atlanta Monday night looking to earn their first win of the season after two straight defeats. The Pistons now play the second game of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights as they take the floor at home in this one. In their last contest against the Cavaliers, the Pistons trailed by six at the half, rallied to lead by five after three quarters and then ended up in overtime. During the extra session, the Pistons opened with an 11-2 run to take a nine-point lead with 2:15 to play but found themselves in double overtime. All told, Detroit went scoreless for a 4:45 stretch spanning the first and second overtimes as the Cavaliers went on a 19-0 run to take control of the game. Detroit shot 40.8 percent from the field, including 16 of 45 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 31 Cleveland points. Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 28 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. The Pistons should have Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin back for this one after they were ruled out for Monday’s game for rest purposes.
For the year, the Pistons are 18th in the league in scoring offense as they average 110.5 points per game. Detroit is fourth in rebounding as they pull down 50.5 boards a night and 11th in assists by dishing out 26.5 dimes a contest. The Pistons are 23rd in the league in scoring defense as they give up an average of 119.5 points a night. Blake Griffin leads the team with 20.5 points plus 6.5 rebounds per contest this season. Jerami Grant puts up 18.5 points plus 5.5 rebounds per night while Derrick Rose puts up 14 points plus five assists a game. Josh Jackson (12.5 points, seven rebounds), Delon Wright (12 points, four rebounds, four assists) and Mason Plumlee (10 points, 8.5 boards, 5.5 assists) have been solid contributors offensively on the year. Svi Mykhailiuk, Jahlil Okafor, Sekou Doumbouya and Saddiq Bey are also looked at to contribute for coach Dwane Casey. Detroit is 23rd in field goal percentage as they sink 44.5 percent of their shots from the floor this season. The Pistons are 12th in the league by knocking down an average of 12 three-pointers a night while they are just 26th in the league by shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc this season.