Detroit takes on Boston, seeks to halt 4-game slide

Thu, Mar 21, 2024
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Detroit takes on Boston, seeks to halt 4-game slide

Boston Celtics (55-14, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (12-57, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Detroit; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Detroit looks to break its four-game skid when the Pistons play Boston.

The Pistons have gone 9-35 against Eastern Conference teams. Detroit is fifth in the Eastern Conference in rebounding averaging 44.0 rebounds. Jalen Duren leads the Pistons with 11.9 boards.

The Celtics have gone 36-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference with 10.7 offensive rebounds per game led by Luke Kornet averaging 1.9.

The Pistons score 111.6 points per game, 2.1 more points than the 109.5 the Celtics allow. The Celtics average 16.6 made 3-pointers per game this season, 4.6 more made shots on average than the 12.0 per game the Pistons allow.

The two teams match up for the third time this season. The Celtics defeated the Pistons 119-94 in their last matchup on March 18. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 31 points, and Jaden Ivey led the Pistons with 21 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Cade Cunningham is averaging 22.2 points and 7.6 assists for the Pistons. Ivey is averaging 1.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

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Brown is scoring 23.2 points per game and averaging 5.6 rebounds for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum is averaging 3.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pistons: 3-7, averaging 106.3 points, 46.6 rebounds, 25.0 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.9 points per game.

Celtics: 8-2, averaging 121.2 points, 45.1 rebounds, 28.7 assists, 7.6 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.0 points.

INJURIES: Pistons: Ausar Thompson: out for season (illness), Isaiah Stewart: out for season (hamstring), Simone Fontecchio: out (toe), Quentin Grimes: out (knee), Taj Gibson: out (hamstring).

Celtics: Jrue Holiday: out (shoulder), Sam Hauser: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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