The Detroit Pistons look to come to the United Center and tie their longest win streak of the season, two. (ba-dump-bump). The Bulls have taken the first two meetings against the Pistons, but they struggled in each. They required a furious second half comeback the first time around and overtime the second.
As such, the Bulls shouldn't take the Pistons lightly. Last game, it was Tracy McGrady who brought back the fountain of middle aged and hurt the Bulls.
Keys to the game
Own the paint
The Pistons don't have much in the way of rebounders. They've got an ancient Ben Wallace, allergic to the paint Charlie Villanueva, and the somewhat mechanical Greg Monroe up front. Even without Joakim Noah, the Bulls should bully the Pistons on the defensive glass.
Furthermore, Carlos Boozer should crush the Pistons in the low post as Villanueva has no chance against him down load and Wallace is too old, slow, and small to stop him.
Encourage Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to jack up shots
Stuckey is one of the most likely guys in the league to completely shoot you out of a game, so try and play fundamental defense on him to discourage his drives and let him chuck jumper after jumper.
Villanueva loves to shoot from the outside, and will throw up a lot of long range twos and inefficient threes.
Get the offense in the hand of these two, and in the long run, you're highly likely to win.
Attack the paint from the perimeter, don't settle
There's no help defense coming, so Derrick Rose can get plenty going in the paint and the Bulls should find great success hitting cutters for more shots at the hoop. Don't settle for quick shots and long jumpers against this team as they don't have the defenders to stop the team from getting easier shots with some patience.
Control the ball and don't give the Pistons an easy way out
Avoid turnovers and make the Pistons work for their points. If the Pistons have to play the Bulls possession by possession their odds of winning are very small. There is an enormous talent deficit here.
Just don't give them fast break opportunities with poor passing and give them a chance to put easy points on the board. If the Pistons have to grind out a game, they'll lose.
The Bulls are 16-3 at home, and while they did lose games to the Nets and 76ers those games were on the road. The Bulls should take this one fairly easily given the quality of competition and the fact they're playing at home.