Yeah, this is a tape delay game for me too, and if you don't bother to put that tape in later I won't blame you. That said, this might be your last chance to see a Bulls win for awhile, so you might want to relish it. I say might because the Bulls could lose, not because they're likely to win soon after the game is over. The schedule gets brutal for a couple weeks after this one.
Detroit's playing better than its 6-14 record
After starting off 0-8, the Pistons have played 6-6 since then and hold a 5-4 record at home. Effectively, they're playing very similar caliber basketball to the Bulls and have some quality wins (76ers, Celtics, Trailblazers). If the Bulls walk into this one and think they're taking on a bunch of marshmallows then they're going to be in trouble.
The Pistons aren't great, but they're good enough to beat Chicago if the Bulls don't muster their best effort, and they've proven it by beating some better teams than Chicago who took them too lightly.
Battler of the interior terrors
The Pistons biggest strength might be with their two big men Greg Monroe and rookie center Andre Drummond. Both have legit size with huge bodies and can score in the post. Joakim Noah's going to have a sore back after this game is over from holding the pair off. The Bulls may also look to use Nazr Mohammed more in this game for his size than they typically do.
The Bulls will need a find a way to slow down the interior offense of the Pistons and keep them off the glass. Despite having a ton of size on the roster, the Pistons have struggled to rebound at times, but they have the type of players who can occasionally give the Bulls fits on the interior as Chicago tends to struggle with size more than athleticism.
An aggressive defense will pay off
It's always good to play fundamentally strong on defense, but the Pistons can be quite turnover prone and don't have a precision passing attack. They're a good team to amp up the aggressive level of defense on and force turnovers. Greg Monroe shows a nice ability to pass out of the post, but Andre Drummond can be an immediate double team as he's no ability to get the ball out of his hands yet.
Stuckey and Knight are both shoot first type of guards, and both shoot a poor percentage. The Bulls want the pair focus on making the guards take the shots while keeping the ball out of the hands of the perimeter players so they should play more aggressively when the ball moves into the post.
Belinelli could be key
The Pistons don't have a natural shooting guard and will be either well undersized or well under speed at the position. Rip Hamilton could have easily exploited the size matchup, and we'll have to see if Marco Belinelli can do the same.
When the Pistons go big, they'll need Marco to drive the lane and create off the dribble to punish the Pistons for putting slower players in the lineup. The Pistons have been starting Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince. The Bulls should attack whomever Singler is defending as he should have little hope to defend either Beli or Deng.
Stay disciplined and patient on offense
The Pistons have a ton of young players and a below average defense. The Bulls aren't offensive dynamos but a patient, consistent approach to offense with plenty of ball movement should yield quality shot opportunities.
The Bulls should look to make sure this game comes down to execution as while both teams have pedestrian offenses, the Bulls have proven they can execute defensively. If they do that, they should win.
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