Everyone is out! I’m not saying that these two franchises are maneuvering for a loss, but they certainly are not prioritizing winning, and, charitably, view playing one of the fellow worst teams in basketball as a way to give their most inexperienced players plenty of run. How’s that for diplomatic?
Here’s who is not playing tonight for both squads. For your Detroit Pistons: Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Cory Joseph, Wayne Ellington, Hamidou Diallo, Dennis Smith Jr., Rodney McGruder. For the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Aleksej Pokuseviski, Gabriel Deck, Josh Hall, Mike Muscala. Somehow, both teams have the requisite numbers to actually play, so game on!
When: 7 p.m. EST
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Watch: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds: Pistons -3.5
Detroit Pistons (16-39)
Killian Hayes, Josh Jackson, Saddiq Bey, Sekou Doumbouya, Isaiah Stewart
LA Clippers (20-35)
Theo Maledon, Lugentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Isaiah Roby, Moses Brown