Detroit visits Boston after Tatum’s 44-point performance

Detroit Pistons (18-48, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (40-27, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Friday, 7:30pm EST

BOTTOM LINE: Boston plays the Detroit Pistons after Jayson Tatum scored 44 points in the Boston Celtics’ 115-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Celtics are 29-16 in Eastern Conference games. Boston ranks second in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, giving up just 104.0 points while holding opponents to 43.1% shooting.

The Pistons are 14-26 against Eastern Conference opponents. Detroit allows 112.5 points to opponents and has been outscored by 8.9 points per game.

The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Celtics won the last matchup 113-104 on Feb 26. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points to help lead the Celtics to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Robert Williams III is averaging 10 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for the Celtics. Tatum is averaging 33.6 points over the last 10 games for Boston.

Cade Cunningham is shooting 40.4% and averaging 16.6 points for the Pistons. Jerami Grant is averaging 18.6 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.

LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 8-2, averaging 116.8 points, 44.2 rebounds, 27.7 assists, 6.1 steals and 7.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.8 points per game.

Pistons: 6-4, averaging 109.6 points, 45.1 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.8 points.

INJURIES: Celtics: Aaron Nesmith: out (ankle).

Pistons: Frank Jackson: out (back), Killian Hayes: out (adductor), Isaiah Stewart: out (knee).


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

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