Suns V.S. Pistons
On New Year’s Eve the Detroit Pistons will square off against the Suns. On one hand, Steve Nashs Suns are reeling, coming off a 123-110 to Philadelphia(a bottom feeding team), the highest point total scored by the 76ers thus far. The Suns defense is failing them, allowing a league worst 107.5 points and winning just 2 of 8 over the last 10 games. Despite the new acquisitions of Vince Carter (who FINALLY played in his first game and scored 18 pts) and Marcin Gortat, the Suns are floundering. The Suns statistically rank near the bottom of the league when it comes to steals, blocked shots, and field-goal percentage defense. Case and pointheir last two opponents shot over 53% from the field. With Nash feeling frustrated by the losing, one has to wonder if their losing streakhich now numbers fourill continue.
On the flip side of things, the Pistons, after a rocky start and multiple injury bugs, seem to finally be gelling. Detroit has been playing some stellar basketball recently, most noticeably in a 104-92 victory over the Boston Celtic’s, currently the Eastern conferences top seed. Rodney Stuckey is also slated to return for Detroit on Friday, which can only add to the Pistons potent scoring backcourt that features a revitalized Tracy McGrady. McGrady, filling in for the injured Stuckey (virus), scored a season high 21 points, and played over thirty minutes, a good sign that may show that the T-Mac of old is back. Over the last 5 games, the Pistons have gone a combined 3-2, with both losses decided over a margin of a mere 8 points.
I predict Detroit to not only beat the spread on Friday, but to win in a convincing blow-out fashion. There is just too much momentum going for the Pistons right now. They just beat the Celtic’s, a formidable Eastern conference team and the Pistons frontcourt is revitalized and finally realizing the potential of teamwork. The Suns still need more time to integrate their new teammates, who are still learning the run and gun system. Steve Nash isnt getting any youngerr happier. Another loss, another heartache in Phoenix.