The New Orleans Pelicans (19-30) short basketball bus rolls into The Palace at Auburn Hills tonight to take on the Detroit Pistons (21-27). The Pistons will be looking to end their current three game losing streak as the Pelicans try to bounce back from last nights overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The two teams met last February, when the Pelicans managed to earn a 111-106 victory behind a virtuoso 59-point and 20-rebound performance by Anthony Davis.
Players To Watch
Whenever the Pelicans and Pistons get together, the most intriguing match-up has to be Anthony Davis vs Andre Drummond, though, it remains to be seen how the Pelicans handle this match-up. Last season Ryan Anderson guarded Drummond for long stretches to save additional beatings on The Brows’ body. Obviously, Anderson is long gone so it will be interesting to see how General Disarray — aka Alvin Gentry — handles this one. Even if Davis doesn't defend Drummond the two should have a battle royale on the glass. Davis and Drummond are 6th and 2nd respectively in rebounding and it is likely that whomever wins the rebounding battle will win the game.
Another Pistons player to keep an eye on is Tobais Harris. The Pistons like to play an inside out game with Harris and Drummond. If the Pelicans don't defend this pair well, they'll be looking at another loss.
On the Pelicans side of the ledger, Tyreke Evans will be active and hopefully give the Pels some needed bench scoring and distribution. After all, Jrue Holiday’s incredible showing 24 hours ago wasn’t enough and his stellar stat lines over the last five games have only resulted in two team wins.
Over last 5 games, Jrue Holiday's averages are of video game quality:— Oleh Kosel (@Redhopeful) February 1, 2017
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When & Where
Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. central time. The game will air on Fox Sports New Orleans as well as Fox Sports Detroit, or one can listen to Sean Kelley give all the details on WRNO 99.5 FM.
This will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season. Playing in different conferences, this is one of only two meeting these squads will have this season... unless of course they both make it to the NBA Finals (fingers crossed). Remember to come back and see us for the recap of game later tonight!