[7:00 PM] Pistons @ Wizards

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Pistons (14-13)

@ Washington Wizards (10-14)


The Detroit Pistons were embarrassed by an 18-point home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday but looked like a different team after a couple of days of practice. The Pistons will try to carry the effort they showed in a 95-85 triumph at Dallas on Wednesday back to the East Coast when they visit the Washington Wizards on Friday.

The Wizards are in the bottom third of the East in scoring defense (106.2 points) but are doing enough on that end to support the offense and earn three wins in the last four games.

Detroit is still integrating point guard Reggie Jackson back into the rotation after he missed the first 21 games recovering from a knee injury, and he delivered season highs of 20 points and 30 minutes on Wednesday. Jackson already made it through one back-to-back since returning and will fight through another when Detroit returns home to host Indiana on Saturday.

Washington small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. continues to make his case for more playing time and picked up a spot start in place of Markieff Morris (foot) on Wednesday. Oubre delivered 15 points in 40 minutes and added a pair of steals to the defensive effort. The 21-year-old Kansas product was an inconsistent part of coach Scott Brook’s rotation in the first month but played at least 21 minutes in each of the last five games and is averaging 24.7 minutes over the last nine contests.

Pistons C Andre Drummond had a string of seven straight double-doubles come to an end when he collected three points and 17 rebounds on Wednesday.


StreakSmarts Pick: Detroit Pistons

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick