The Pistons are taking their two-game winning streak out west for a four-game swing starting tonight in Portland. Coming off of their most complete game of the season, the Pistons will have to focus on sharing the ball and pushing the pace.
The Blazers have myriad lanky defenders that could give Detroit fits on both ends of the court. LaMarcus Aldridge can hit shots from outside and also use his length and quickness to punish the undersized Pistons in the paint. But I think the key to the game will be Blazer point guard Andre Miller, a smart, methodical point guard that could pick apart the Pistons porous defense and will be responsible for making sure his team takes advantage of all the matchup problems.
For the Pistons, I think Charlie Villanueva is going to have to put pressure on LaMarcus Aldridge on the defensive end by hitting shots and not being afraid to get physical. He will also have to deal with defensive ace Nicolas Batum if he gets hot. Another key will be Rodney Stuckey. He’s putting up the best assist numbers of his career, but he still shoots too much. If Stuckey can put up a 7+ assist night while only taking eight to 1o shots, I like the Pistons chances … or at least I like them more than if he puts up 22 shots and only hits seven of them.