Detroit at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 98.7 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Detroit: 101.8 points/100 possessions (T-14th)
Boston: 100.3 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)
Detroit: 103.3 points allowed/100 possessions (20th)
Probable Pistons Starters:
Brandon Jennings (PG), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG), Josh Smith (SF), Greg Monroe (PF) & Andre Drummond (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: PistonPowered
Thumbnail: In the next two games, the Celtics face the two highest time-of-possession players in the NBA, according to the league’s new player tracking data. First up is second-placed Brandon Jennings, the man who dished out a game-high eight assists on Monday as the Pistons secured their first victory in Indiana since James Posey was a Celtic. In addition, Detroit is the only team to win a road game against the Pacers this season. The Celtics visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday.
Along with Jennings, the rest of the Pistons’ starting lineup has topped several of the individual statistical categories this season. Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who expects to start his 20th consecutive game, owns the second-lowest turnover percentage in the league. Chucker Josh Smith, who has blocked the 10th-most shots in 2013-14, has scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games for only the second time in his career.
The other two Detroit starters, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, have contributed to Maurice Cheeks’ squad becoming by far the best offensive rebounding one in the league this season. The offensive rebounding percentages of 16.5 for Drummond and 31.4 for the Pistons lead all players and teams, respectively. In addition, Monroe has chipped in 83 offensive rebounds, one of the highest totals in the league in 2013-14. The Celtics and their bottom-10 defensive rebounding percentage will have their hands full on Wednesday.
Prediction: With victories on Monday, the Celtics and Pistons both stand at 12-14, tied for the 16th-best records in the NBA fourth-best records in the Eastern Conference. However, the Celtics continue their home success over the Pistons to move one game ahead.
Celtics 100, Pistons 98
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