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Wizards vs. Pistons preview: Pistons say goodbye to The Palace of Auburn Hills

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The Pistons stay in Auburn Hills ends tonight as Little Caesars Arena will be the new home.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Palace of Auburn Hills officially opened it’s doors to the Detroit Pistons in 1988 and nearly thirty years later those same doors are closing for good. The Pistons host the Washington Wizards - surely an answer to a trivia question 20 years from now - in the regular season home finale and it’s the last time meaningful professional basketball will be played in the arena.

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Game Vitals

When: April 10th at 8 p.m. EST

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI

Watch: TNT

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Analysis

At this point the outcome doesn’t matter for the Pistons and it’s too bad because it would be nice to have a real rooting interest.

Detroit went 2-0 against the Western Conference this weekend with wins at Houston and Memphis thanks in large part to a large man - Boban Marjanovic.

Boban’s 27 points and 12 rebounds with extended minutes in Houston turned heads and rightfully so:

Marjanovic compounds his height advantage with great positioning leading to relatively easy looks.

His long reach comes in handy:

The reason why Boban didn’t garner many minutes during the season is quite obvious though, SVG must’ve been thinking, well, I have no idea.

Greg Kesler brought up a good point during the Houston game: When Boban plays, he scores. It’s pretty simple, field goals or free throws, he puts points on the board quickly. Seems like a useful skill set for a team having trouble scoring.

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I’m disappointed the Palace is going out like this.

I’m disappointed the Pistons are an afterthought in metro Detroit let alone on the national stage.

Go to any local Dunhams or Dicks Sporting Goods and good luck trying to find Pistons gear. “We might have some in the back” I was told as I starred at rack upon rack of Lions, Tigers, U of M and MSU merchandise.

Going to games with half the arena full is embarrassing. I can almost see smoke coming out of peoples ears as their brains churn to quickly come with an excuse not to go.

Does this change with a new arena? For a bit but only winning secures prolonged interest.

Until then, anyone know where I can get a Pistons hat?

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Projected Lineups

Washington

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter

Detroit

Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond, Jon Leuer, Marcus Morris

* Check the GameThread for up-to-date lineups

Prediction

The Wizards (48-32) are still playing for a 50 win season which is meaningful accomplishment for the organization. Against a chopped-up Pistons lineup, they should get to 49 wins tonight.

Wizards, 108, Pistons 101