After yet another barnburner against the Portland Trailblazers, the Suns return home to trade jabs with Stan Van’s boys.
Andre Drummond is going to be a load for Phoenix to contend with (especially if Alex Len is asked to play big minutes once again), but I expect Marcus Morris to be the primary Piston to spit flames on this evening. Morris has been balling in Detroit, and poses a difficult matchup for a Suns team that struggles to defend the wing. T.J. Warren will likely be given first crack, but expect P.J. Tucker to get into the jersey of Morris if he begins to get things going.
The most underrated part of tonight: the return of Ish Smith! A streak of lightning with the ball, Smith has been thriving in Detroit’s spread pick-and-roll system after bouncing around the league for the last few seasons. I have always been fond of Smith’s spunky play, and Eric Bledsoe will have his work cut out for him to keep Smith in front of him at all times.
The game will ultimately come down to who is making their threes at a higher clip. Detroit has an advantage in the post because of Drummond, but they want to play inside-out to set up their army of wing shooters. On the second night of a back to back, it will be important for the Suns to get off to a hot start to keep the energy level up.
What: Detroit Pistons (4-3) at Phoenix Suns (2-6)
When: 7 PM AZ time
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Watch: Fox Sports AZ and NBA League Pass
Listen: AZ Sports 98.7 FM or KSUN 1400 AM (Spanish broadcast)