Mary C Posted March 1, 2022 Share Posted March 1, 2022 POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: DETROIT PISTONS: PG | Cory Joseph SG | Cade Cunningham SF | Saddiq Bey PF | Jerami Grant C | Isaiah Stewart WASHINGTON WIZARDS: PG | Raul Neto SG | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SF | Corey Kispert PF | Kyle Kuzma C | Bristaps Porzingis Belonging to the lower echelons of the Eastern Conference, it’s the Detroit Pistons against the Washington Wizards this Wednesday in D.C. After getting their heart broken this Valentine’s Day in a loss against the Wizards, will the Pistons finally pick up the pace and show the NBA they can still pack a punch? Or will the Wizards just remind them to sit tight and watch the big boys play? 8 AM this March 2, at the Capital One Arena in Washington. DETROIT PISTONS Sitting at a crucial and slippery spot, Detroit places at 14th, one spot shy from being the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Having won three championships, five conference titles, and 11 division titles in the past, what led to the demise of the Pistons? The team currently has 15 wins with a whopping 46 loss record, with 9-21 home and 6-25 away. Even in their home city, they couldn’t make amends, what happened? According to Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS), a team’s rating average should be zero with average point differential and strength of schedule considered. But the Pistons? They have a -9.29 rating. Coach Dwayne Casey isn’t doing them any favors, and they’re severely lacking talent this season regardless of Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey being grade A rising stars. WASHINGTON WIZARDS 22 out of the 30 teams in the NBC Sports’ power index, the Washington Wizards are not particularly good, but they’re not among the terrible either. 11th in the East, Washington has pulled together 27-33 with 15-16 home and 12-17 away. It’s been looking rough for the Wizards as so many players have been pulled out due to the Covid-19 situation, so at least there’s somewhat of a reason for their underperformance. Kyle Kuzma currently serves as their all-around player, leading points, rebounds, and assists. OUR VERDICT With the friction among these teams not so heated and intense, there is reason for us to believe that it won’t be much of a clash. The two teams are not in tip-top shape, and one is only performing slightly better than the other. As the Pistons are at the bottom of the NBA power index despite now ranking last, the Wizards are definitely at an objective advantage through numbers. It looks like it’s another winning point for the Wizards home games. Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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