Friday, January 10, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Updated: January 10, 2014 (6:07pm)
After playing seven of their last eight games on the road, the Sixers (12-23) return to Wells Fargo Center Friday to face the Pistons (14-22) in the first game of a four-game home stand. Here’s what you need to know about Detroit:
Scouting The Pistons
Crashing the Offensive Glass
The Pistons are first in the league in offensive rebounds per game (14.4), led by second-year center Andre Drummond. On the season, Drummond has 191 offensive boards, 36 more than Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who ranks second in that category. As a result of strong rebounding on both ends of the floor, Detroit is second in the league in second-chance scoring opportunity differential, averaging 4.6 more than their opponents each game.
Detroit is the only team in the league with five starters (Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond) who all average at least one steal per contest. On the season, the Pistons rank sixth in the NBA in steals per game (8.7).
A Rough Patch
After starting the season 14-16, the Pistons have lost six straight games, four of which came on the road. During that stretch, they’ve been outscored by an average of 16.9 points, scoring 88.8 points and giving up 105.7 on the other end per game.
Lavoy To Miss Next Two Games
During pregame media availability Friday, Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters that Lavoy Allen (sore calf) would not dress against the Pistons. He is also expected to miss the team's Saturday home game against the New York Knicks.
MCW Continues To Impress
In Tuesday’s 111-93 loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland, rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored a career-high 33 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. The 6’6” point guard leads all first-year players in points (17.7), assists (7.1), rebounds (5.7), and steals (2.7) per game, and ranks fourth in blocks per game (0.7).
After missing two games due to flu-like symptoms/migraines, second-year guard Tony Wroten was a full participant in practice Thursday. Coach Brown expects Wroten to play Friday against the Pistons.
Last Time They Met
Sixers 100, Pistons 115 – December 1, 2013
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Pistons (14-22)||Sixers (12-23)|
|PPG||Brandon Jennings – 16.8||Evan Turner – 19.1|
|RPG||Andre Drummond – 12.7||Spencer Hawes – 8.6|
|APG||Brandon Jennings – 8.3||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.1|
|SPG||Brandon Jennings – 1.5||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.7|
|BPG||Andre Drummond – 1.6||Spencer Hawes – 1.5|