Pistons vs. Bulls preview: Detroit begins road trip already looking for revenge

The Detroit Pistons are playing the Chicago Bulls for the second time in as many games tonight. Detroit is at the United Center to avenge their 94-88 opener defeat. This is already Game No. 3 for the Bulls, with the team defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 128-112. The good news for the Pistons is that the Bulls will be consecutive. The bad news is, Chicago seemed to have figured out something about the pelicans.

Game Vitals

When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Regard: Ball Sports Detroit Plus
Opportunities: Piston +10

analysis

When the Pistons lost in the first game, there were a few things to like and a few things to worry about. But it’s just a game too, so does it really mean something? As it stands, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Jerami Grant survived the game and delivered what you expected, and in some cases even exceeded expectations.

The pistons start in the back room? Not as much. Killian Hayes fought offensively and scored zero points. Cory Joseph had three. The two combined 1 of 12 off the ground and only four assists.

The team as a whole also struggled to connect from the depths, although that was a priority in the off-season. Outside of a solid 3-out-of-5 result from Grant, the team was 3-out-of-23 out of the depths. You have to imagine (or hope) that Bey, Frank Jackson and Kelly Olynyk aren’t going 1 out of 13 together tonight.

The Bulls, meanwhile, seemed to have found something out about the pelicans. On the other hand … it was the pelicans, and they seem like a real disaster. Chicago shot 52% from the ground and 50% from below against the Pels. The team was led by the always dangerous Zach LaVine with 32 points. Newcomer DeMar DeRozan was not far behind at 26.

Also, don’t overlook the kind of mess Alex Caruso can wreak in big minutes from the bench. Caruso may not be the most noticeable signing of the past year in Chicago, with Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball and DeRozan joining the line-up. But Caruso’s defense will be vital to Chicago’s potential success. In 28 minutes against the Pelicans, he scored 9 points and was a team high of +22.

Expected lineups

Detroit Flask (0-1)

Killian Hayes, Frank Jackson, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant, Isaiah Stewart

Chicago Bulls (2-0)

Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, Nikola Vucevic

Question of the game

Where will the cops end up in the east this year?

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