Led by Marcus Morris & Andre Drummond, the Detroit Pistons go into Portland to face the Trail Blazers (4-1) in what should be a highly contested matchup of two teams that are out to prove something.
Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, November 8th, at 8:00 p.m. at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. It is the Pistons that are getting the love from the NBA Odds makers as they are a mere 1 1/2 point underdog in Portland's house. That alone, should tell the bettor something. The Pistons are for real.
Proving a Point
I knew that he had talent. I knew it in college when his brother was drafted one spot before him and really shouldn't have been, but Marcus Morris has gotten a fresh start after Phoenix wanted to dump him.
Markieff Morris wants to be traded and is totally upset with Suns managent for blindsiding the brothers, but this is a business. An intelligent sports person, would figure that Marcus Morris would go all out this season and he has . He's been a major asset to the Detroit Pistons basketball squad since the beginning of the season. For the season, Morris is averaging 17.8 points and 5 rebounds per game. This is much higher than when he was with the Suns. He's not a bench player and he proved it as he and the Pistons defeated the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix 100-92 in their last game. If that's not sweet revenge than I don't know what is?
At 18.6 points and 19 rebounds per game, Andre Drummond is putting up numbers unheard of before and is the key reason why Detroit is winning.
He was a good player before, but should get consideration for comeback player of the year. A matchup with Mason Plumlee appears to be an interesting one. Both players are physical and get into foul trouble, but Drummond has been a beast and there's no LaMarcus Aldridge to deal with him on the Blazers as Aldridge is no longer a member of the Blazers anymore. This game is set up for the Pistons to pull off the upset, but they do have to worry about the hot shooting of Damian Lillard (27.3 ppg).
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum
This tandem is turning into one of the highest scoring duos in the NBA as McCollum has been nearly perfect and Lillard has taken over as the leader of this Portland team, nailing every 3-ball in site. The Detroit Pistons defense major objective in this game will be to hold these guys to 40 points combined or less because they can take over a game; just ask a tough Memphis Grizzlies defense that got lit up by these two.
Another issue that the Pistons defense will have to deal with is the emergence of Al Farouq-Aminu. Aminu is out of Dallas and getting 33 minutes per game and capitalizing on it as he's averaging nearly 14 points per game and 8.7 rebounds.
To me, this game is dead even. Home court advantage does mean something in the NBA, but if Portland doesn't make their shots, they won't get any putbacks around the basket with Drummond. My NBA Picks are going to side with the direction that that the odds makers have taken and take Detroit for the mini-upset.
NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons +1.5 at 5Dimes