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A pair of Eastern Conference teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture take the floor in the Motor City. The Washington Wizards are on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Washington comes in off a 134-125 road win over the Bulls Saturday night in their last contest. Detroit swept a home and home set with the Knicks as they picked up a 120-103 home win on Friday night in their last contest. The Pistons own a 154-129 advantage in the all-time regular season series. This season, the teams split two meetings with the Wizards taking a 101-87 home win in the last matchup on January 21.
Washington Wizards Seek Third Straight Win
Washington won their second straight as they took down the Bulls on Saturday night. The Wizards entered Sunday tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Washington led by two after the opening quarter before outscoring Chicago 42-29 in the second quarter to take a 15-point halftime edge. The Wizards didn’t let the Bulls closer than six the rest of the way. Washington shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from the floor, including 12 of 27 from three-point range, and overcame Chicago shooting 50.5 percent in the game. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points in the win.
The Wizards are 7th in the league in scoring offense with 113.8 points per game. Washington is 28th in the league on the glass with 40.9 boards per game. The Wizards are 5th with 26.5 assists per game. Washington is 29th in the league as they allow 116.6 points per game on the year. Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 25 points per game. Trevor Ariza (12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Jeff Green (12.4 points) are solid contributors for the Wizards. Dwight Howard (12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds), Bobby Portis (14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds), Jabari Parker (14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds), Sam Dekker, Wesley Johnson, Tomas Satoransky and Ian Mahinmi are all looked to by Scott Brooks to contribute. Washington is 9th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 47 percent from the floor. The Wizards are tied for 10th in the league with 11.5 triples a night while ranking tied for 19th in three-point shooting. Washington hits 34.8 percent from downtown this season. Howard is out until late February after having surgery for a buttocks injury November 30, taking away their best rebounder and rim protector. With Wall done for the year after heel surgery, Satoransky is going to have to step up and produce. Wall fell and ruptured his Achilles tendon at home on February 5. He’s expected to undergo surgery and will miss another 12 months, which will cost him the first half of next season.
Detroit Pistons Shooting For Fourth Straight Triumph
Detroit run up their third straight win as they swept a home and home set with the Knicks by prevailing Friday night. The Pistons entered Sunday ninth in the Eastern Conference, half a game behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Detroit bolted to a 19-point lead after the opening quarter, saw their lead trimmed to nine at the half and five after three quarters. The Pistons regrouped in the fourth, outscoring the Knicks 31-19 to earn the win. Detroit shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 13 of 30 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 46-39. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 29 points and 20 rebounds in the win.
The Pistons are mediocre so far offensively, ranking 23rd in scoring offense with 106.2 points per game. Detroit is 12th in rebounding with 45.5 boards per game and are below average sharing the ball, ranking 26th in assists with 22.4 per night. The team is 9th in scoring defense as they allow 107.8 points a game. Blake Griffin leads the Pistons with 26.1 points plus 8.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Reggie Jackson chips in 14.8 points plus 4.4 assists per contest and Andre Drummond posts 17.1 points and 14.9 rebounds per contest. The Pistons look to Ish Smith, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Langston Galloway, Thon Maker, Luke Kennard, Glenn Robinson III, Wayne Ellington and Zaza Pachulia to provide depth and a scoring punch from the bench. Detroit is 29th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the floor. The Pistons are tied for 10th in the league in three-point field goals with 11.5 per game while ranking tied for 28th by sinking 33.6 percent from downtown.
- Pistons are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win
- Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days of rest
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Wizards are 5-21 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home recor