The Detroit Pistons are heavily favored to win their match against the Portland Trail Blazers at home in the Little Caesars Arena tonight. With a 2-2 start to the season, Detroit currently sits in the middle of the pack of the Eastern Conference, sharing a record with the likes of Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando and the New York Knicks. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are 1-3 so far this season and in the bottom four of the Western Conference, sharing a record with the Utah Jazz.
Detroit started the season with a heartbreaking 1 point loss to the Heat but then moved one to solid performances against the Hornets and Bulls before losing their latest match in a 124-112 game with the Thunder. Cade Cunningham continues to be the points leader for the Pistons offense with an average 21 points per game while also leading in assists and, for worse, in turnovers. Jalen Duren, their best field goal shooter at the time, currently sits at a 68% efficiency rate in this category while Alec Burks leads the team in Three point percentage with a 54% efficiency rate. In all of these stats, the Pistons players outclass tonight’s competition.
For the Trail Blazers, it’s about building momentum off their latest game and first victory in a cross-conference 99-91 match against the Toronto Raptors. Portland did have a rough start to their schedule, opening against the Clippers, followed by the Magic and 76ers, but generally speaking, their performance has been poor regardless. Malcolm Brogdon is their best shooter while Deandre Ayton boasts a 14.8 rebounds-per-game stat that surpasses that of the opposition in Jalen Duren. Ayton and Brogdon are also the team’s best field goal and three point shooters respectively and it seems it will depend on them to make the game competitive.
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Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit Pistons Game Information
- Date: 05/12/2023
- Time: 07:30 PM ET
- Location: Kaseya Center, Miami, FL.
- How to Watch Trail Blazers vs Pistons : TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass