[8:00 PM] Pistons @ Timberwolves

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Pistons (12-12)

@ Minnesota Timberwolves (6-16)


The line for this game is Pistons by 3 points.

Andre Drummond is one of the top centers in the NBA and the 23-year-old All-Star looks for his sixth consecutive double-double when the Detroit Pistons visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Drummond scored a season-best 26 points and collected 20 rebounds in Wednesday’s 87-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets and his 11 20-20 outings since 2012-13 are the most in the NBA.

Point guard Reggie Jackson is averaging 11.7 points in his first three games since returning from a knee injury and the decision to let him play in back-to-back games didn’t turn out so well. Jackson was 6-of-21 shooting against the Chicago Bulls and Hornets and admitted after the Charlotte game that he didn’t have enough energy in the tank.

Coach Tom Thibodeau has been disappointed with the defensive performance for most of the season and his squad is allowing an average of 114.3 points over the past seven games. The latest example was the final quarter against Toronto as Minnesota entered the stanza with a one-point before being outscored 36-21 over the final 12 minutes.

The Pistons won both meetings against the Timberwolves last season after dropping the previous 10 matchups.

Minnesota is 2-14 when allowing 100 or more points.

Detroit SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging just 9.3 points over the past three games after averaging 24 in the preceding two.


StreakSmarts Pick: Detroit Pistons

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick