Who: Detroit Pistons (13-14) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (12-14)
What: NBA Basketball – Pistons Home Game
When: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Live at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan
The holidays are a busy time for everyone, so let’s keep things short and sweet:
Offensively, these two teams have a lot in common. They’re both terrible from long range, with the Pistons 29th in three-point percentage and the Bobcats 30th. They both rely on free throws but struggle to convert them: Detroit ranks fifth in attempts and last in percentage, while Charlotte is fourth and 27th.
One area where the Pistons have a clear advantage, though, is points in the paint. It makes up a higher percentage of their scoring than any team, and their ability to grab offensive boards is a big part of that. They rank first in ORB%, leaning on the energy and athleticism of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.
It should make for an interesting matchup, since those are defensive strengths for Charlotte. The Bobcats are the best in the league at grabbing defensive boards, and hold opponents to 51 percent shooting within eight feet of the basket. That’s five percent below the league average.
Detroit isn’t a particularly good home team, with a winning record on the road (7-6) and a losing one in Michigan (6-8), but they’ve been impressive lately. On Monday, the Pistons picked up a road win against the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. That came just a day after taking the league-best Portland Trailblazers to overtime in Detroit. Despite their similar records, Charlotte will need to bring their top game to pick up a win.