I was in a plane on NBA Draft Lottery night. My wife and I were taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It was the trip we’d always wanted to take. But it fell on the most important night of the year for the Pistons.
I had decided I was going to be fine. Maybe the flight would have live broadcast TV, and if not, I would bite the bullet and spend whatever ungodly amount they were charging for wifi.
As the lottery was approaching, I submitted my credit card info. Error. Tried again. Error. More errors. Tried other devices. Errors every time. Wifi, it seemed, was unavailable. That meant I had to spend the next 12 hours wondering if the Pistons, the team with the best lottery odds, had won the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.
I fired up the phone as soon as we landed and finally connected to the internet as I was in line with customs. The San Antonio Spurs won the lottery and the Pistons had fallen to fifth, the furthest they could tumble.
It was a great trip anyway. But tonight, the Pistons get their first up-close look at Wembanyama, but he’s in the other team’s uniform. And the Pistons and Spurs have combined for eight wins. And Cade Cunningham is unavailable. Sigh ...
When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Watch: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds: Pistons +3.5
Detroit Pistons (3-34)
Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Isaiah Livers, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jalen Duren
San Antonio Spurs (5-30)
Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Justin Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama
Question of the Game
Isaiah Stewart is listed as doubtful, which means he is likely close to returning to the lineup. What should the lineup/rotation look like when Stewart comes back healthy?