This season has been rough for the Brooklyn Nets and the recent two-game losing streak would be a prime example of why. They are coming fresh off of a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, 114-113, but they will look to make up for it as they host the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a two-game losing streak of their own as this matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other. The Pistons and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 185 times in the past as the Pistons won 110 games while the Nets were able to pull out 75 wins.
Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
D’Angelo Russell (knee; 20.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 46.3 FG%, 29.5 3P%)
DeMarre Carroll (knee; 12.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 39.4 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 7.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.6 FG%, 41.7 3P%)
Jacob Wiley (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luis Montero (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
The Detroit Pistons will have full control of this game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-six percent. Andre Drummond would score 18 points while getting his hands on 13 rebounds and recording 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Tobias Harris helped out with 16 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. Reggie Bullock would put up five points while collecting three rebounds. Former Toronto Raptors’ guard Dwight Buycks played 9 minutes off of the bench as he had eight points.
On the other end of the court, Allen Crabbe chalked up 14 points which contained four three-pointers. Rondae-Hollis Jefferson contributed with 7 points, 5 defensive rebounds, and 3 assists. Caris LeVert played the most minutes off of the Brooklyn bench as he had five points but it was the Pistons who walked into halftime with a large 63-41 advantage.
The visiting team would close the game out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 51-39 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field. Avery Bradley scored 9 points while drilling a three-pointer late in the third period. Buycks played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points. Hollis-Jefferson scored eight of the Nets’ 39 second-half points but it was the Pistons who handed the Nets a 114-80 blowout loss. Andre Drummond finished the game with 22 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Tobias Harris also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, and one assist. Allen Crabbe settled for 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-30) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these teams will play each other season as the Nets have a 2-1 lead in this season series. They have played each other a total of 180 times as the Nets ended up winning 76 games while the Hawks won 104 games. December 4 was the last time they met up as the Brooklyn Nets escaped with a 110-90 victory. In that game, Caris LeVert scored 17 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Dennis Schroder finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Detroit Pistons will go to the Windy City to take on Nikola Mirotic (17.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (14-27) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This game will be the first of four that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season. They have met up a total of 289 times in the past as the Bulls won 144 games while the Pistons went on to win 145 games.