Monday, January 5, 2015

Weekly Preview: 1/4/2015 (1/2)

Record: 10-23 | Streak: Won five | Off. Eff.: 102.7 (25th ▲)| Def. Eff.: 105.8 (14th ▲)

We enter this week on FULL ALERT mode.  The Pistons are 5-0 since waiving Josh Smith on December 22nd, and now sit only four games back of Miami for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.  With the exception of a Cavs team in a rut, Detroit has feasted on teams with losing records.  That notion is somewhat mitigated by the fact that their closest win during the stretch is a 10-point victor over the Pacers.  Nonetheless, this week will be a test of what the Pistons are really made of.  Detroit's next three opponents are all over the 20-win mark.  Beating any one of the three, especially with two road games in Texas, would give the Pistons a signature victory that would almost certainly fuel the playoff hopes of Pistons fans.

The Pistons have only scored below 100 points once in their last eight games, that one occasion being a 97-81 victory over the hopeless Knicks, in which the Pistons went on auto-pilot for the 4th quarter.  The Pistons' defense, much like the offense, is nearly a whole two points better per 100 possessions since Smith was let go.  They'll need to keep the good vibes going at both ends to hold serve against the league's elite this week.

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