Short and not-so-sweet for this one:
We have an early 6pm Central start as the Bulls are in Detroit to face the Pistons on the start of a weekend road back-to-back. That portends poorly for the Bulls, but they have sorta looked better in the injury-filled part* of the season.
*aka ‘don’t judge! nonono. Unless it’s good stuff then judge away....’
They’re still heavy underdogs to the Pistons, who have won 7 of their last nine games. Granted, they’ve mostly beat crappy teams in that stretch, but the Bulls belong in that group.
The Bulls injury report is the same as always, hopefully changing next week with Markkanen’s return.
For the Pistons, Luke Kennard has been out a while with a shoulder injury and has just started his G-League rehab.
If you remember, let lone initially watched, the Bulls had a close loss at home to this Pistons team in the third game of the season. It’s lost in the shuffle of several last-minute oddities where Jabari Parker was used instead of anybody else. Both Blake Griffin and Zach LaVine had 33 points to lead their teams.
The Pistons have crept into the top-10 in defense this season. Found this interesting:
Pistons allow the 2nd fewest % of opponent FGs at the rim, but are 30th in opponent FG% at the rim. They also allow the highest opponent FT Rate, which probably explains the discrepency, the contested shots are becoming fouls instead of misses, also skews opp. shot distribution— Liam Doyle (@LiamDoyleNBA) November 30, 2018
Given the Pistons are on three days rest and at home (aka where Justin Holiday likely won’t hit 5 threes) I don’t expect this to be particularly close, but it’s getting harder to predict when those close games are happening lately.
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