4/12/2012 11:03:00 AM
The Charlotte Bobcats (7-49) have been by far the worse team in the NBA this season but they have a glimmer of hope as the Detroit Pistons come to town. The Pistons (21-36) sport a 6-24 record on the road. Can Charlotte nail down the victory at home?
This matchup is scheduled to tip-off tonight at 7:00 pm ET in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
NBA odds boards currently have Detroit as a 5 point favorite and the total is listed at 187.5. Those NBA lines are quite steep for a Pistons team that might be without guard Rodney Stuckey and are simply awful on the road. Have the sportsbooks set a trap for us, or has Christmas come early for us and our NBA picks tonight?
Longest tenured Piston
It's hard to believe that Tayshaun Prince is the longest tenured Pistons as hetasted success with the Detroit Championship team of the mid 2000's. Ben Wallace is currently on the Pistons squad but he left for Chicago and came back to Motown.
Prince was a young kid when the Pistons won the championship, and now he's one of the very few veterans on the team this young Detroit squad. "The Prince" with the long wingspan hasn't disappointed as he get's the most playing time on the team, averaging 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game this season. Prince has also played well against the Bobcats. In his last 3 games, he's averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
In his last 10 games, Prince is averaging 15.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. At 6 foot 9 inches tall, Tayshaun Prince plays like a 7 footer as he possesses possibly the longest wingspan in the NBA. Look for Prince to use his veteran skills against a weak Bobcats team.
All kidding aside folks, most teams would love to have a center like Greg Monroe on their roster, but he's tailed off since the beginning of the season when he was a dominant force.
The numbers still look impressive thanks to a strong early season start, but Monroe has been unproductive and inconsistent. This comes with the territory when you're just 21 years old such as Monroe.
In his last 10 games, Monroe is averaging 12.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. He's also coming off of a 9 point, 5 rebound performance in a loss to Orlando, who was without Dwight Howard. The Pistons have a nice player in Monroe but he can't be counted on game in, game out. Luckily their playing the Bobcats.
On a team that's ranked 30th in the league in offense, the Bobcats need the contributions of forward Corey Maggette. Maggette has given the Cats what they've wanted, but he's been on the injury list lately causinghim to put out inconsistent numbers.
Since returning from injury Maggette has had performances of 6, 23, and 4 points and has done little of anything else. He's coming off of a 1 for 7 shooting performance and until he gets his legs back under him, you don't know what you're going to get from Corey Maggette if you're Charlotte.
A repeat from last year?
Just about 11 months ago, guard Kemba Walker was on top of the world as he took a Connecticut team on a ride to the Big East Championship and the National Championship in 2011. This season, he's been a solid rookie with ups and downs, averaging 12.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.
In his last 5 games, Walker has stepped his game up in a major way, averaging 17 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. He won't get Rookie of the Year, but Kemba has been a solid contributor to a lousy team with no offense whatsoever. Look for Walker to hustle and keep hoisting up the shots as shooting efficiency isn't number 1 on his list of priorities.
Outcome of the game
Normally, you look at these two teams and say that Detroit is the better squad. This game is mostly about venue. The Pistons are inept on the road and that's an understatement. 5 points is too much in this spot, so take the Bobcats to at least keep it close at home.
Thursday NBA Pick - Charlotte Bobcats +5
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