LIVE: Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons

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FRI, NOV 29, 2019
7:00 PM ET
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

A pair of struggling Eastern Conference teams take the floor in the Motor City. The Charlotte Hornets are on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Friday night. These two teams met on Wednesday night in Buzz City with the Hornets escaping with a 102-101 victory at home. The Pistons lead the all-time regular season series 58-55 but the Hornets have taken the last eight matchups between the teams. That includes a pair of contests this season.

Charlotte Hornets Seek Ninth Straight Victory vs. Pistons

Charlotte edged Detroit for the second time this season and earned their eighth straight victory over the Pistons in the process. The Hornets enter this game fourth in the Southeast Division, six games behind the Heat for the division. Charlotte jumped to a 6-0 lead to start the game only to trail by one after the opening quarter and by five at the half. The Hornets regained control with a 31-20 edge in the third quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter charge by the Pistons to earn the victory. Charlotte prevailed despite being held scoreless over the final 2:09 of the game. The Hornets shot 44.3 percent from the field, including seven of 30 from three-point range, and turned the ball over only three times. Bismack Biyombo finished with 19 points and nine rebounds to pace Charlotte in the win.

The Hornets are a below average team offensively in the early part of the season, ranking 26th in the league with 105.7 points per game. Charlotte is 30th in rebounding with 40.9 boards per game and 17th by dishing out 23.8 assists per contest. The Hornets are below average defensively this season as they are 20th in scoring defense by allowing 113.2 points per game. Terry Rozier is second on Charlotte with 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season. PJ Washington (11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds), Devonte’ Graham (team leading 18 points, 7.5 assists), Cody Zeller (11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds) and Miles Bridges (12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds) are all scoring in double figures. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk (10.2 points) and Marvin Williams are solid contributors offensively as well. The Hornets are tied for 19th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.9 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 13th in the league with 12.4 threes per game while ranking tied for 13th in three-point shooting as they hit 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Detroit Pistons Hoping to Regroup at Home

Detroit went down to the wire but ended up with their eighth straight defeat at the hands of the Hornets Wednesday night. The Pistons enter this contest third in the Central Division, nine games behind the Bucks. Detroit held a one-point lead after the opening quarter and by five at the half. The Pistons gave up a 12-2 run at the end of the third quarter to trail by six. Detroit still was down six with 2:09 to go and got as close as one: they were unable to get over the hump. The Pistons shot 46.6 percent from the field, including 10 of 32 from beyond the arc, and missed six of their 15 free throw attempts. Blake Griffin led the way with 26 points in the loss for the Pistons.

The Pistons enter this contest 23rd in the league in scoring offense with 106.9 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 27th in rebounding with 42.1 boards per contest and 13th with 24.6 assists per game. The Pistons are just below the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 13th by allowing 109.2 points per game. Andre Drummond is second on the team with 17.6 points, 17 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes 16.2 points plus 5.4 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 16.5 points per game. Blake Griffin has averaged 20.2 points plus 5.3 boards a contest since returning to the lineup. Markieff Morris adds 10.7 points plus 3.8 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 12.8 points a night. Detroit is tied for 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.4 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are 15th in threes made per game with 12 per contest and stand second in three-point shooting as they connect on 38.6 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has missed the last 16 games with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he is expected to miss at least four weeks.

The Hornets have had Detroit’s number with eight straight wins but their two wins this season have come by three and one point, respectively. Charlotte is going to have to deal with Griffin, who had a solid outing in Wednesday’s loss. The Pistons have struggled on the road but they are at home here, where they are 5-3 on the season. Charlotte has gone just 3-7 on the road and that’s going to be a tough challenge for them here. Give Detroit the upper hand in this contest as they prevail in the debut of their new City uniforms.

Prediction: Detroit Pistons -7.5

Detroit is just 1-9 on the road this season but they have gone 5-3 at home on the year. The Pistons have had success on both ends of the floor as the home team: they score 110.9 points per game compared to 103.7 points per contest on the road. In addition, Detroit allows 106.3 points per game compared to their 111.5 point per game mark on the road. Charlotte is 3-7 on the road but they score far less (102.2 ppg) as the visiting team than as the hosts (109.7 ppg) this season. Can the Hornets extend their recent mastery of the Pistons with a road win here?

The under is 4-0-1 in the Hornets’ last 5 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Detroit has seen the under go 3-0-1 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record, 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 5-1 in their last six overall. The under is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings: look for Detroit to play better at home and help keep this one under the total.

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