Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 PM EST at the Palace of Auburn Hills

Game Preview: IND at DET

by Scott Agness | December 13, 2012 | Updated: December 15, 2012

Matchup

The Pacers head up to Detroit for another game within the division to kick off a two-game road trip. The Pistons are a much better team at home. Though they have just two road wins, Detroit is nearly .500 on the season at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where they’ve also taken three in a row against the Pacers.

Outside of Tayshaun Prince, whom Pacers fans remember from the old Detroit teams, the Pistons are a team many may not be familiar with—partly because they have five rookies.

First-round pick Andre Drummond (9th) has been getting big minutes for a rookie. He’s crashing the glass well, as he’s tied for second in the league in offensive rebounding percentage. Kyle Singler, the 33rd pick in the 2011 draft, starts at shooting guard. Due to last year’s lockout, Singler opted to play overseas in the Spanish league.

Greg Monroe has been asked to do more this season. He’s averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a game for them, but his post defense hasn’t been where he would like. Like Roy Hibbert, his field goal percentage has been way down so far this season.

This game is a great opportunity for the Pacers to win a division game against a sub-par team on the road, in an environment that shouldn’t be difficult.

Probable Starters

Pacers

Pistons

  • C – Greg Monroe
  • F – Jason Maxiell
  • F – Tayshaun Prince
  • G – Kyle Singler
  • G – Brandon Knight

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee), Lance Stephenson (doubtful, right ankle)
Pistons: None

Quotable

Noteworthy

  • Detroit head coach Lawrence Frank attended Indiana University and was a manager under Coach Knight from 1988-1992.
  • Greg Monroe averages 15 points, 10 rebounds against the Pacers.
  • The Pistons are last in the NBA in attendance, averaging 12,421 fans per game.

Last Meeting

The Pacers faced the Pistons three times last season, and won each of their home games. In their last meeting, Pacers coach Frank Vogel rested three starters – George Hill, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert – with their playoff seed already clinched. Led by a double-double from Paul George (27 points, 10 rebounds), the Pacers got the ‘W’ 103-97. They had five players in double figures, including 13 points each from Tyler Hansbrough and Leandro Barbosa off the bench.

With under a minute to play, Greg Monroe missed two free throws that would have given the Pistons the lead. Tyler Hansbrough (two) and Paul George (four) hit all six of their free throw attempts to secure the six-point win. Greg Monroe paced the Pistons with 18 points and Brandon Knight added 16.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Michael Grady (host)

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