Wizards At Pistons Preview (12/21/12)


After losing their fifth straight game on Wednesday night in Orlando, the Wizards have a chance to snap their losing streak tonight against the 7-21, Detroit Pistons.

Key Match Up

Ever since this injury plagued season began, Jordan Crawford was destined to emerge as Washington’s go to man. Crawford, who sported his second career triple double in a losing effort in Atlanta, will look to continue his terrific start in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. With John Wall and virtually every other guard besides Shaun Livingston out due to injury, Crawford has been called upon to exceed his regular contributions. ‘JCraw’ has averaged close to seven assists and rebounds in the past five games, but will have his hands full with developing sophomore, Brandon Knight.

The Pistons are currently on a six game losing streak, one game above Washington’s lowly run. Just as the Wizards, the Pistons do not have a player in which they could depend each and every night. With that said, Brandon Knight is one player who they can depend on to put points up on the board. Knight has had a handful of 20+ point games this season, but has been rather inconsistent throughout the year. As expected, struggling teams like the Pistons circle the Wizards on their calendar. Players like Brandon Knight hope to shake their cobwebs off by putting on a good performance against the Wizards.

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Preview

By winning only one road game the entire season, the Wizards are easily the worst road team in the NBA. Their road woes are reminiscent of those of 2011. Detroit has only won seven games the entire year, and don’t have much talent surrounding their roster. If the Wizards want to win on the road, or any place for that matter, Detroit is a good place to start.

Despite Detroit’s lack of talent, Greg Monroe has the potential to become a bona fide all-star big man in the NBA. Monroe, who is in his third season in the NBA, scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the struggling Raptors on Wednesday night. The Wizards can match up offensively with Nene on the court, but who will contribute on both ends when Nene isn’t on the floor? Nene played his best game of the season against Orlando, but his limited minutes on the floor leave the Wizards stranded looking for help.

If the Wizards contain the Detroit back court which consists of Knight and Stuckey, they have a chance to leave “Motor City” with a win. Washington has had trouble closing out on shooters as of late, and the Pistons have a few guys on their roster which can really stroke the basketball. Rookie guard Kyle Singler has shot close to 40 percent from beyond the arc this season, and will look to rain threes on the short handed Wizards.

It’s “Doomsday Friday” folks. So why shouldn’t I pick the Wizards to win? The Wizards will leave Detroit with their fourth win tonight.

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