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Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons: Friday Gameday

Bobcats at Pistons

7:30 p.m., Palace of Auburn Hills

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Pistons
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker17.84.1G, B. Jennings17.53.6
G, G. Henderson14.84.6G, K. Caldwell-Pope7.42.4
F, J. Taylor8.32.4F, J. Smith15.26.5
F, J. McRoberts8.45.7F, G. Monroe14.98.9
C, A. Jefferson15.69.3C, A. Drummond13.312.7

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Andre Drummond: Old school big man vs. new school big man. Drummond has worked out very well for the Pistons after a not-so-consistent college career at Connecticut.

Observations

•  Josh Smith, who signed with Detroit over the summer after eight seasons in Atlanta, has averaged 27 points in his past three games.

• Considering the size of the Pistons’ frontcourt, it’s likely Anthony Tolliver will get considerable playing time in this game at small forward.

• Both teams are coming off tight road victories. The Pistons won by a point in Boston, while the Bobcats went to overtime before Kemba Walker’s buzzer-beater beat the Toronto Raptors.

• Pistons forward Greg Monroe is a major matchup problem for the Bobcats. He averaged 13.8 points, nine rebounds and 6.3 assists against them last season.

Tap-ins

• The Pistons have won 12 of their past 16 versus the Bobcats.

• Walker had some of his best scoring games last season against the Pistons, averaging 24.3 points

•  Chauncey Billups went back to Detroit, where he’s both a contributor and a mentor.

Did you know?

This is the 10th time in 16 NBA seasons that Billups has changed teams.

Rick Bonnell

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