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Jordan Hill lets go of a layup in Detroit on Dec. 2.
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Lakers vs. Pistons: 10 Things to Know (3/10/15)

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Here is what you need to know before the Lakers attempt to take down the Detroit Pistons.

1) The Lakers have lost five straight games, but each one has been close. Every contest has been decided by seven points or fewer, and L.A. has led or tied in the fourth quarter in four of them. However, the Lakers have struggled to stop giving away points, as opponents are shooting a league-high 30.4 free throws in this stretch.

2) A new player will be joining the Lakers roster on Tuesday, as the team has called up Jabari Brown from its D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Though Brown likely won’t play against Detroit, according to head coach Byron Scott, he has shown the ability to rack up points. The rookie leads the D-League in scoring (24.4) and has poured in at least 30 points in a league-high 10 games.

3) Dating back to Nov. 4, 2012, the Lakers have won five straight against Detroit by an average score of 106-95. L.A. has also beaten the Pistons 10 times in their last 11 matchups, and hasn’t lost to Detroit at home in more than six years.

4) Like the Lakers, Detroit is also searching for its first win in a while. The Pistons have lost six straight, which is the longest current slide in the league. During this fall, Detroit is shooting just 43.9 percent from the field, 71.8 percent on free throws and a league-low 34.2 percent on 3-pointers.

5) Andre Drummond has been a monster on the glass this season, hauling in the NBA’s second-most boards per game (13.0). The 21-year-old also leads the league in offensive (5.1) and contested rebounds (6.5).

6) Detroit’s starting frontcourt is one of the most imposing in the league, as Drummond (13.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg) and Greg Monroe (15.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg) are the only teammates each averaging a double-double. The pair has also combined for a 23.6 rebounds per game, which leads all pairs of teammates as well.

7) Since being traded to the Pistons seven games ago, Reggie Jackson has enjoyed an expanded role, averaging 4.3 more points (17.1) and 3.0 more assists (7.3) than he was with Oklahoma City. However, Jackson’s shooting efficiency has dipped, as he has hit just 37.7 percent from the field (46-for-122) and 28.0 percent on 3-pointers (7-for-25) with Detroit.

8) This game marks a homecoming for Jodie Meeks, who played both of the last two seasons with the Lakers. Meeks — who leads the league in free throw percentage (93.0; 107-for-115) — averaged carer highs in points (15.7), rebounds (2.5), field goal percentage (46.3) and 3-point percentage (40.1) with L.A. last year.

9) The Pistons have struggled to find their collective shot this season, as they rank second-to-last in field goal percentage (42.7). Detroit is also next to the bottom in free throw percentage (70.7), which stems from Drummond, who is shooting a league-low 39.2 percent from the line.

Pistons Shot Chart
Pistons Shot Chart

10) Led by Drummond, the Pistons are grabbing a league-high 13.0 offensive rebounds per game. Detroit has also made the most of their boards, scoring the most second-chance (15.1) and putback points (9.5).

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