Game tips at 7:30 pm ET
Golden State: 7-15 (3-10 road)
Pistons: 10-12 (7-4 home)
The Warriors get up and down the court in a hurry -- the lead the league in pace (101.5) by a wide margin, and only the Suns and Nuggets are scoring more per game. Fortunately for the Pistons, though, there's a chance they'll enter the game with heavy legs -- this is game four of a five-game road trip and the second of a back-to-back. Plus, with Don Nelson back in California recovering from pneumonia, the W's seem to have slowed down a bit, averaging just 89 points per game under lead assistant Keith Smart.
On paper, Monta Ellis looks like the star of this team, but that's only because the Warriors have mysteriously kept the shackles on Anthony Randolph yet another year. Anthony Morrow's long-distance shooting is a concern, and Stephen Curry has improved after a lackluster November.
Much like the Pistons, the Warriors are no stranger to injury -- Kelenna Azubuike, Raja Bell, Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaff and Brandon Wright are all sidelined.
Former Piston Mikki Moore returns to the Palace! (Anyone? Nevermind.) The Pistons have a chance to move within a game of .500, and considering they're about to embark on a three-game trip out west (followed by a game against the Lakers as soon as they return home), now's not the time to slack against an extremely vulnerable opponent.
Keys for Detroit
Slow the game down. The Warriors rank 1st in pace; the Pistons rank 30th. Make the Warriors change their game plan, not the other way around. Even with all the injuries (Ben Gordon and Will Bynum are officially doubtful), the Pistons have a size advantage in the backcourt -- they need to take advantage.
Be efficient. The Warriors rank last in effective field goal percentage allowed -- no need to get fancy, just run the offense and don't force anything.
Dominate the glass. Fortunately, this hasn't been a problem for the Pistons lately -- the've tallied eight straight games with at least 40 boards. The Warriors rank last in offensive rebounding percentage, and 29th in defensive rebounding percentage. Second chances and new possessions will be there for the taking.
Question of the Game
Can Rodney Stuckey stay hot? After being a frequent target of criticism early in the year, the guy's been forcing crow down everybody's throat: he's averaging 22.7 points in his last eight, and his shooting hasn't dipped below 50% in his last four. He's getting to the line, cleaning the glass and basically putting the team on his back. If he keeps it up, he'll merit All-Star consideration.