Perhaps the weekend’s crunch tie. This Eastern Conference matchup could be a key battle in the season’s early stages to keep in touch with play-off hopefuls. The 76ers lie second in the Atlantic Division, just outside the play-off places whilst Detroit are just inside having won their last two of three.
Neither side has particularly set the NBA alight so far this season, Philly have just one win in six, whilst Detroit struggled earlier on in the campaign only to have recovered in recent weeks thanks to Point Guard Rodney Stuckey.
Stuckey has elevated his performances to lead Detroit to victory in Brooklyn and against Milwaukee on Monday evening, scoring a season high of 27 in a 109-97 win against the Nets. And they’ll be wanting the 27-year-old to kick on from there.
His early season form hasn’t been great in the team that has been branded the best Pistons side since the Championship winning 2004 team and should he cause further problems at the weekend, Detroit could find themselves major contenders for a strong finish again.
The combinations of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond alongside Brandon Jennings who is picking up some brilliant assist statistics in the last few games, is starting to show its dominance, which not only will prove vital in Sunday’s game after Monroe was largely kept quiet throughout a 20 point defeat facing the Bulls on Wednesday.
Stuckey was once again imperious but was let down by his captain who only netted five points for the Pistons. Hoping it was just an off night, the Motor City captain will be determined to hit back with a vengeance on Saturday, which could prove problematic for Philadelphia.
For the 76ers however, they will be hoping to pick up a win on Friday before the December 1 meeting, and also look to revenge the defeat suffered from the New Orleans Pelicans earlier in the season.
Last time out against the Pelicans they slumped to a heavy 135-98 defeat during a four game losing streak but a win against the Bucks an taking the Pacers close in the final quarter will have boosted Philly and with one of the NBA’s star men, Evan Turner, in good form averaging 21.7 points per game.
And with Turners time with the 76ers perhaps coming to an end, with him linked to a move to the Cavs and Bulls, the 25-year-old will want to continue to impress if he’s going to lure a trade away from the Wells Fargo Center.
For the NBA betting fans, looking at the form guide would suggest Detroit take this game. With an all-star team who finally look as though they are gelling together, they could prove too strong for a team stuck in a bit of a rut. The 76ers haven’t beaten a top side since Houston on November 13 and with Arnett Moultrie still not fit enough to return to the court, it could be another loss on the horizon for the Pennsylvania side.
Head to head however it works out fairly even, the Pistons took the games twice out of their three meetings last season whilst the 2012 calendar year was won 3-2 in favour of the 76ers. It looks tight going into the game, but current form should snatch it in a busy schedule running up to Christmas.