The Pistons have great size with
So are the Lakers, although they manage to score 104.1 a night.
Detroit will play without
Drummond's numbers have dipped from last year's 13.5 points and 13.2 rebounds a game to 10.6 and 11.8. He's still blocking 1.6 shots a night, but his field goal percentage has plummeted from 62.3% to 44.8%.
Monroe has dipped from 15.2 points to 13.8, but his shooting efficiency hasn't fallen off as dramatically (49.7% to 48.6%). The forward/center is a steady rebounder at 9.5 a night.
Smith is also down from 16.4 points to 13.0, and his field goal percentage is down from 41.9% to 37.7%.
Clearly the Pistons have some issues.
The Lakers need strong performances from their power players in
Detroit can struggle to put points on the board. Forcing Jennings into a difficult night would be a big step toward claiming a victory.
The Lakers counter with Jeremy Lin and
Through seven appearances, Young is averaging 13.4 points a game while shooting just 39.5% from the field but 38.9% from behind the arc.
The Lakers haven't shown any positive consistency this season. Winning in Detroit would be a baby step in that direction after their win Sunday over the