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Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019


A pair of teams coming off impressive offensive performances clash Friday night in Indiana as the Pacers host the Detroit Pistons in the third meeting between the squads already this season. The Pacers dished out a season-high 35 assists -- 13 by Malcolm Brogdon -- in Wednesday's 121-106 win over Washington to begin their two-game homestand.

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"We showed them tape [from Tuesday's loss at Charlotte] of our shot selection, shooting the floaters, not taking the extra dribble, getting to the rim and drawing contact," coach Nate McMillan told reporters. "Tonight I think we did a much better job of not settling for floaters and the ball movement was great." The Pistons, despite still being without several key players, shot 55.7 percent from the floor and recorded their own season high with 37 assists in a 122-102 win over New York at home. Tony Snell hit all nine of his shots and became the first player in NBA history to shoot 100 percent from the field with at least six 3-pointers in a masterful 24-point effort. Center Andre Drummond averaged 25 points and 20.5 rebounds in wins over Indiana on Oct. 23 and Oct. 28.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Indiana

ABOUT THE PISTONS (4-5): Drummond (27 points) and Markieff Morris (22) helped out Snell on Wednesday and the trio combined to shoot 28-for-36 from the floor. Snell's record-setting performance came after he had gone 5-for-17 from long distance over the previous three games, but he also felt things open up with improved passing. "They just depend on me to go out there and do what I do best, and shoot the ball. The best way to do it is to have ball movement," he told reporters. "They're very confident in me. I'm confident as well."

ABOUT THE PACERS (4-4): Indiana has won four of five following an 0-3 start and Brogdon has carried the load through the ups and downs, averaging 22.3 points and 9.9 assists - second in the NBA entering Thursday - on the season. Reserve forward Doug McDermott provided a big boost in the win over the Wizards with a season-high 19 points, 17 in the first half to help the Pacers race to an eight-point lead. "I can shoot it anywhere," McDermott told the media after also recording season highs of seven rebounds and four assists. "I'm excited to just make some shots. It's always good."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Brogdon led the NBA in foul shooting (92.8 percent) last season and has opened 2019-20 by making 43 of his first 44 attempts.

2. F Blake Griffin (hamstring) and G Reggie Jackson (back) remain out while guards Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (shoulder) were upgraded to day-to-day.

3. Pacers PF Domantas Sabonis averaged 24 points and 13.5 boards in the two earlier losses to Detroit.

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Last Injuries

Indiana Pacers

  • Jeremy Lamb

    Ankle
    Out Tues | out

    Lamb has been held out of the past three games due to a sprained left ankle, and he will draw back into the lineup against the Thunder on Tuesday.

  • Myles Turner

    Ankle
    Out Tues | out

    Turner has been out of commission with a Grade 1 right ankle sprain, and he will not return Tuesday against the Thunder.

  • Goga Bitadze

    Concussion
    Out Tues | out

    Bitadze has sat out the previous two games while going through the concussion protocol. He will not be cleared in time for Tuesday's matchup against the Thunder.

  • Domantas Sabonis

    Calf
    Prob Wed | probable

    Sabonis has been held out of the previous two games with a left calf contusion, but he is expected to play Wednesday versus the Wizards.

  • Doug McDermott

    Foot
    Ques Tues | questionable

    McDermott is dealing with a sore left foot, and it is undetermined if he will be available against the Hornets on Tuesday.

  • Edmond Sumner

    Hand
    Out indefinitely | out

    Sumner is sidelined with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right hand. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Jeremy Lamb

    Hip
    Prob Wed | probable

    Lamb was held out of the last game due to a right hip contusion, but he is likely to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

Detroit Pistons

  • Bruce Brown

    Knee
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Brown is tending to a right knee contusion, and it is unknown if he will face the Heat on Tuesday.

  • Blake Griffin

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Griffin will not suit up for Tuesday's battle against the Heat due to a day of rest.

  • Derrick Rose

    Rest
    Out Tues | out

    Rose will not be available Tuesday against the Heat as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Khyri Thomas

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | out

    Thomas is sidelined due to a stress reaction in his right foot, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Derrick Rose

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | probable

    Rose has been held out of the previous four games due to right hamstring tightness, but he is expected to draw back into the lineup against the Timberwolves on Monday.

  • Tim Frazier

    Shoulder
    Prob Mon | probable

    Frazier has missed the past four games due to a right shoulder strain, but he is projected to return to the court against the Timberwolves on Monday.

  • Blake Griffin

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | probable

    Griffin has a left hamstring injury and posterior knee soreness. He is expected to make his season debut against the Timberwolves on Monday.

  • Bruce Brown

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Brown is likely to take the court against the Timberwolves on Monday despite a right knee contusion.