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Pistons vs. Warriors preview: This thing could get ugly

But if not I’ll be partying in the streets

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons are coming off the high of beating the previously undefeated Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center, a place Detroit hadn’t won in seven years. The players don’t have much time to celebrate, however, as they play the defending champion Golden State Warriors less than 24 hours later.

This thing could get ugly.

The good news is, the Pistons are already playing with house money. They weren’t supposed to beat the Clippers and they did. They certainly shouldn’t be expected to beat the Warriors under any circumstance much less on the second night of a back to back on the road with about 16 hours turnaround time.

Game Vitals

When: Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: Oracle Arena, San Francisco, Calif.
Watch: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM


I could spend tons of time breaking down just how the Pistons might magically stop Steph Curry. Or how Kevin Durant can be mitigated with a great team effort. I could break down game tape detailing how to force Klay Thompson into bad shots.

But like I said .... HOUSE. MONEY.

Sure, we could break down how to free open Tobias Harris for open lanes to the basket or how Andre Drummond could continue his string of dominant play by putting him in position to have a 20-rebound night. But, really, this is the Warriors. And the Pistons just played 16 hours ago. HOUSE. MONEY.

Projected Lineups


Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond

Golden State

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia