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Pistons vs. Sixers GameThread: Game Time, TV, Odds, and More

Joel Embiid vs. a Pistons team without many big men. What could go wrong?

Philadelphia 76ers v Detroit Pistons Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons have a big man challenge in Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid. The Pistons also are big man challenged, as they face a contest without starter Jalen Duren and backup Marvin Bagley. That means the Pistons will be relying on Isaiah Stewart, shifting from power forward, and James Wiseman. While the offense is always going to run through Embiid, and he is not the only offensive problem Detroit will have to solve, this turns the center contest into the key matchup as the Pistons look to break a 20-game losing streak.

The challenge is not lost on head coach Monty Williams.

“We just have to be really good as far as beating him to the spot and then being really innocent with our hands, showing our hands, moving our feet and nowt allowing him to get the second shot,” Williams said pregame.

While Beef Stew is a capable, if undersized defender, who the Pistons can throw at Embiid, the team will also need to rely on backup James Wiseman to deliver quality minutes. Wiseman did turn in perhaps his best defensive performance of the season against the Indiana Pacers.

“We thought he played big,” Williams said of Wiseman. “We’ve talked to him a lot about just trusting his athleticism and his length and just being really long. So we’re hopeful that he can just continue to grow.”

Game Vitals

When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Watch: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds: Pistons +12

Projected Lineups

Detroit Pistons (2-21)

Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Ausar Thompson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart

Philadelphia 76ers (15-7)

Tyrese Maxey, DeAnthony Melton, Tobias Harris, Nicholas Batum, Joel Embiid