Washington Wizards vs Detroit Pistons Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020
NBA: Monday, January 20, Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. 8:30 PM ET
The Detroit Pistons responded to a three-game losing streak with a pair of road victories over the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons now improved to a 16-27 record and are in the 9th position in the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Wizards suffered four defeats in the previous five games, including the last three, two of which came on the road to the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. Washington dropped to a 13-28 record and is in the 12th place in the East.
These conference rivals already met three times this season, and the Wizards lead the season series 2-1. Washington won each of the previous ten H2H duels at Capital One Arena.
The Pistons scored season-high 136 points in a win over the Hawks
Detroit displayed the best offensive performance of the season in a massive 136-103 road victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons were fantastic from the field (59.3%) and excellent from beyond the arc (46.9%), so the hosts didn’t have the slightest chance to avoid a defeat here. The visitors recorded 31 assists opposite Atlanta’s 18 and won the rebounding battle (41-32) as well. Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 27 points and game-high nine assists. Svi Mykhailiuk followed him with career-high 25 points, Markieff Morris scored 22, while Andre Drummond posted a double-double of 16 points and game-high 17 rebounds, along with game-high five steals. The Pistons are playing well, considering they are without three starters. Blake Griffin (knee), Reggie Jackson (back), and Luke Kennard (knee) are out indefinitely.
“I feel like they were being cautious,” Rose said. “I keep showing them. I’m coming in, doing what I’m supposed to do, taking care of my body. I’ve been prepping for this all summer, so it’s finally just coming full circle.”
This season, the Pistons have the 21st offense in the NBA that averages 109.1 points per game, and they are facing the Wizards’ worst defense that allows 120.2 points per contest. The Pistons are the worst in rebounds with 42.2 and 13th in assists with 24.6 per game.
The Wizards’ defense was non-existent in a loss to the Raptors
Washington continued with disastrous defensive displays this season in a 140-111 road defeat to the Toronto Raptors. The Wizards weren’t bad on offense but couldn’t stop the Raptors to destroy them from the field (57.1%), while the visitors committed even 28 turnovers opposite Toronto’s 19. Also, the Raptors had 16 assists more than the Wizards (35-16). Troy Brown led Washington with 22 points, eight rebounds, and team-high three steals. Isaac Bonga recorded a double-double of 17 points and game-high ten boards, Bradley Beal scored 14, while Ish Smith chipped in with 12 points and game-high eight dishes. John Wall (Achilles) is out for the season, while Moritz Wagner (ankle) and Rui Hachimura (groin) are out indefinitely. Jordan McRae (left ankle) is not listed on the injury report for Monday’s game against the Pistons after sustaining a minor injury against the Raptors.
“We didn’t play well, we turned the ball over,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We played against a championship team that was clicking on all cylinders.”
This season, the Wizards have the 5th offense in the NBA that averages 114.5 points per game, and they are facing the Pistons’ 17th defense that allows 105.6 points per contest. The Wizards are the 27th in rebounds with 42.4 and 8th in assists with 25.6 per game.
The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at the Capital One Arena, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
The franchise was established in 1961 as the Chicago Packers based in Chicago, Illinois, and were renamed to Chicago Zephyrs the following season. In 1963, they relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and became the Baltimore Bullets, taking the name from a previous team of the same name. In 1973, the team changed its name to the Capital Bullets to reflect their move to the Washington metropolitan area, and then to Washington Bullets in the following season. In 1997, they rebranded themselves as the Wizards.
The Wizards have appeared in four NBA Finals, and won in 1978. They have had a total of 28 playoff appearances, won four conference titles (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979), and seven division titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 2017). Their best season came in 1975 with a record of 60–22. Wes Unseld is the only player in franchise history to become the MVP (1969), and win the Finals MVP award (1978). Four players (Walt Bellamy, Terry Dischinger, Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld) have won the Rookie of the Year award.