After a rough back-to-back set of games, the Washington Wizards continue their road trip as they head to Motor City to take on the Detroit Pistons. A game, that while many don’t think will be overly competitive could surprise us by turning into an entertaining game.
This matchup will be the first of a another set of back-to-back games for the Wiz. They will likely be looking for any opportunity to rest their vets that may arise. Meaning we could see some significant minutes for the young players if this turns out to be a game with a wide point differential.
On top of this, the Pistons have some of the best young talent in the league, even with their star player Cade Cunningham sidelined for the season. This game could very easily turn into a showcase of young players and a perfect development opportunity for the Wizards.
This could be a very competitive game for the Washington Wizards despite the win differential.
While most fans looking at this game will think this is an easy win based on the difference in wins and in the standings, this game may hold more to it. Despite only having 15 wins on the season, the Pistons hold a point differential of 7.9. This means they are within striking distance in a large quantity of their games.
On top of this, one of the big weaknesses in the Wizards game play has been the inability of Kristaps Porzingis to defend guard. With a player as quick as Jaden Ivey, only comparable to Ja Morant, it’s possible that the Latvian big man may be a net negative in this game. Especially since James Wiseman and Marvin Bagley III have put together some impressive games on the defensive end.
On the flip side, outside of a small handful of players, Killian Hayes, James Wiseman, Marvin Bagley III, Jalen Duren, and Isaiah Stewart, the Pistons defense has been awful this season. This gives the Wizards big three the opportunity to strike back on offense even if the defense doesn’t hold up.
The Wizards also have a much deeper bench featuring Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Jordan Goodwin, and Kendrick Nunn even if Kyle Kuzma doesn’t play. Compared to the Pistons who have an injury report taller than Porzingis, it seems great.
Overall, the Washington Wizards should be able to win this game, but it also wouldn’t be surprising if it becomes competitive. Close games with time running down are always up for grabs and both of these teams have proven that this season.