After losing four straight games to start the season, the Detroit Pistons will host the Boston Celtics hoping to end what is now becoming an unwanted slide.
- What: Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons
- Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
- When and Time: Friday, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream & TV Channels: Watch Fox Sports Detroit, NBC SPORTS BOSTON Listen 97.1 FM The Ticket/98.5 The Sports Hub
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Bad Start For Pistons
Detroit (0-4) saw its winless start to the season extended on Tuesday night after suffering a 116-106 defeat to the Golden State Warriors and played without veteran forward Blake Griffin.
Griffin has been ruled out again against the Celtics as he remains in the concussion protocol, while rookie guard Killian Hayes, who left the game in the defeat to Golden State with a sprained right ankle, remains questionable.
The Celtics (3-2) enter this matchup as an 8-point favorite and has a 76.6% chance to beat the Pistons, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.
Boston comes into this contest on a two-game winning streak, following wins over the Indiana Pacers and the Memphis Grizzlies that snapped a two-game skid.
Jaylen Brown averages 28.0 points per game and is shooting 44.0% from 3-pointers (11 for 25) from five games. Fellow forward Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this term and is shooting 41.7% from 3s and making 15 of his 36 attempts from deep.
Marcus Smart is scoring 11.6 points and Tristan Thompson is contributing 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Boston, which is still without guard Kemba Walker, who is out as he continues to nurse a troublesome left knee injury.
Detroit’s Defensive Struggles
Containing teams has been the main struggle thus far for Detroit, which is allowing 120.8 points per game and scoring just 111.5.
Jerami Grant leads the team with 22.8 points per game and 6.0 rebounds from the opening four games, while Griffin is averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds through three games.
Josh Jackson is scoring 17.3 points with 6.0 rebounds and experienced point guard Derrick Rose is putting out 14.3 points and 5.7 assists per game for the Pistons, who are off to their worst start since the 2012-13 season when they went 0-8 to kick things off.