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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. Walker 17.8 4.1 G, B. Jennings 17.5 3.6
G, G. Henderson 14.8 4.6 G, K. Caldwell-Pope 7.4 2.4
F, J. Taylor 8.3 2.4 F, J. Smith 15.2 6.5
F, J. McRoberts 8.4 5.7 F, G. Monroe 14.9 8.9
C, A. Jefferson 15.6 9.3 C, A. Drummond 13.3 12.7

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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