The Detroit Pistons take on the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on Monday night. The Pistons (9-14) have had a difficult go of it for the most part this season, but they’ve shown some life recently by notching wins in three of their last four games. Detroit’s most recent success came at the expense of the Indiana Pacers, which they tripped up by a 108-101 score on Friday night. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond led the way with matching 25-point efforts, with Drummond also pulling down 22 rebounds. Luke Kennard registered 15 points, four assists and one rebound. Derrick Rose totaled 14 points, six boards, five assists and one steal. The Pistons will be without Reggie Jackson (back) and Khyri Thomas (foot) for Monday’s game. The Pelicans (6-17) are in the midst of their worst stretch of the season, as they’ll come into Monday’s contest having lost eight consecutive games. New Orleans’ most recent stumble came against the Dallas Mavericks, which embarrassed them by a 130-84 score on Saturday afternoon. J.J. Redick led the way with 15 points. Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram furnished 14 points apiece, with Holiday pulling down four rebounds and Ingram dishing out four assists. Jaxson Hayes finished with 11 points, five rebounds and one steal. The Pelicans will list Derrick Favors (personal) as questionable for Monday’s game, while Zion Williamson (knee) will remain out. Monday’s game marks the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Detroit and New Orleans split the two-game 2018-19 season series.
December 10, 2019