Dec 5, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince (22) attempts to block Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Begin Road Trip Against Struggling Pistons: Game Preview

The last time the Golden State Warriors embarked on a lengthy East Coast road trip (Dec. 29 – Jan. 7), they came away winning six of seven games and extending their win streak to 10 consecutive games.

They surely hope that they can reproduce those same results on this upcoming six-game roadie out East, and their first opponent will be the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

The Pistons are struggling this season, although it isn’t for lack of talent. They acquired key players in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith during the offseason, and have two legitimate big men in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. However, they just haven’t found their stride at all, already firing head coach Maurice Cheeks in his first season with the team. Detroit has lost four of its last five games, including a loss to at home to the Mavericks on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are on a mini-roll, winners of three consecutive games, and coming off tough wins over the Rockets and Nets at home. They’ll have to win on the road if they want to continue their success.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.3 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.7 (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 37.8% (5th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4% (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.9 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 15.5 (29th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 24.2 (29th)

Pistons:

  • Points per game: 100.7 (14th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.0% (16th)
  • Three-point percentage: 31.2% (29th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 46.8% (30th)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.0 (8th)
  • Turnovers: 14.5 (T-15th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 31.4 (15th)

History Says

Via Warriors’ game notes:

  • The Warriors have won five-straight over the Pistons and are looking to win six consecutive games over Detroit for the first time since a seven-game win streak from 1975-76.
  • Golden State is looking for its second consecutive season sweep of Detroit, which would also be its third-straight series win over the Pistons… The Warriors haven’t won the season series with Detroit in three-straight seasons since doing so in 1970-71, 1971-72 and 1972-73.
  • The Warriors have held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points in each of their last five meetings, the most consecutive games they’ve held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points since a 12-game stretch from 1955-56, when the teams were in Philadelphia and Fort Wayne, respectively.

Injury Report

GSW: Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) is doubtful. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

The Warriors’ David Lee did not travel with the team to Detroit, and is unlikely to play. Lee missed the last game with the stomach flu.

DET: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.

Probable Starters

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (34-22)

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.7 PPG)
  • F Draymond Green (5.5 PPG)
  • C Jermaine O’Neal (6.9 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.0 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (24.3 PPG)

DETROIT (23-33) 

  • F Josh Smith (16.2 PPG)
  • F Greg Monroe (14.5 PPG)
  • C Andre Drummond (13.1 PPG)
  • G Kyle Singler (9.1 PPG)
  • G Brandon Jennings (17.4 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 4:30 PM PST

Location: Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

TV: LOCAL (CSN Bay Area, FS Detroit)

 

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