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Boston Celtics (55-14) at Detroit Pistons (12-57) Sport #70 3/22/24

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The Celtics start a 6 recreation street journey with a cease in Detroit to tackle the Pistons. That is the third and remaining recreation between these two groups this season. The Celtics received the primary recreation 128-122 in additional time on December 28 in Boston. The Celtics received the second recreation 119-94 on March 18, additionally in Boston. The Celtics received the sequence 4-0 final season. The Celtics are 252-140 general all time in opposition to the Pistons and they’re 128-94 all time on the street.

The Celtics stay 1st within the East, 11 video games forward of 2nd place Milwaukee, 12 video games forward of third place Cleveland, 13.5 video games forward of 4th place New York, 14 video games forward of fifth place Orlando, and 16.5 video games forward of sixth place Indiana. They’re 23-11 on the street and 8-2 of their final 10 video games. They’re 36-7 in opposition to Jap Convention groups and have received their final 7 video games.

The Pistons are 14th within the East, 1 recreation forward of final place Washington. They’re 5 video games behind thirteenth place Charlotte, 11 video games behind twelfth place Toronto, and 19.5 video games behind tenth place Atlanta and the ultimate play-in spot. They’re 43 video games behind 1st place Boston. They’re 7-29 on the street and 3-7 of their final 10 video games. They’re 9-35 in opposition to Jap Convention groups and so they have misplaced their final 4 video games.

The Celtics are taking part in within the first of again to again video games. They’re 11-1 on the primary night time of again to again video games and 3-1 when each video games are on the street, dropping solely at Golden State. On their present 6 recreation street journey, solely the New Orleans Pelicans have a successful document. The Pistons have to win a minimum of 5 extra video games this season to keep away from setting a franchise worst season document.

The Celtics simply completed up 2 video games at dwelling, beating these similar Pistons and likewise the Milwaukee Bucks. They’re beginning on a 6 recreation street journey by means of Detroit, Chicago, 2 video games in Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte. They’ll return dwelling for 3 video games in opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis, Sacramento, and Portland. Then it’s one recreation in Milwaukee earlier than ending the season at dwelling in opposition to New York, Charlotte and Washington.

The Pistons simply completed a 6 recreation dwelling stand the place they beat Brooklyn, Charlotte and Toronto and misplaced to Miami twice and Dallas. They then misplaced to the Celtics on the street and returned dwelling to lose to the Indiana Pacers. That is the second straight dwelling recreation for them and they’re going to end the house stand in opposition to New Orleans at dwelling. Subsequent they play at New York, Minnesota, and Washington earlier than taking part in Mamphis at dwelling. They play 6 of their final 7 video games on the street.

It’s laborious to foretell who will play and who will sit on this one. It’s the first of again to again video games and the Pistons are lacking 6 gamers. Nonetheless, video games in opposition to quick handed groups have been the Celtics weak spot previously. As of now, Jrue Vacation is out with a shoulder contusion. Al Horford (toe), Jaylen Brown (ankle), Jayson Tatum (ankle), and Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) are all questionable.

Sam Hauser (ankle) is possible. I’m guessing that a few of the starters will sit out this recreation and a few will sit out Saturday’s recreation in Chicago. I’m guessing that Payton Pritchard will begin on the level rather than Vacation. With Hauser possible to return again, he might begin rather than Brown if he’s out. Luke Kornet or Al Horford might begin if Porzingis or Tatum is out. I’m anticipating that one in every of Porzingis or Horford will miss this recreation and the opposite will miss Saturday’s recreation. I’m additionally guessing that both Tatum or Brown will miss this recreation whereas the opposite will miss Saturday’s recreation.

The Pistons are additionally quick handed for this recreation. Simone Fontecchio (toe), Stanley Umude (ankle) Quentin Grimes (knee), Taj Gibson (hamstring), Isaiah Stewart (hamstring), and Ausar Thompson (sickness) are all out for this recreation. I’m guessing that Evan Fournier begins at small ahead and Tosan Evbuomwan will begin at energy ahead for them.

Possible Celtics Starters

PG: Payton PritchardSG: Derrick White

SF: Jaylen BrownPF: Jayson Tatum

C: Kristaps Porzingis

Celtics Reserves
Oshae Brissett
Luke Kornet
Svi Mykhailiuk
Jordan Walsh
Xavier Tillman
Jaden Springer

2 Approach Gamers
JD Davison
Drew Peterson
Neemias Queta

Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) questionable
Jaylen Brown (ankle) questionable
Sam Hauser (ankle) possible
Al Horford (toe) questionable
Jrue Vacation (shoulder) out
Jayson Tatum (ankle) questionable

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla

Possible Pistons Starters

PG: Cade Cunningham
SG: Jaden Ivey
SF: Evan Fournier
PF: Tosan Evbuomwan
C: Jalen Duren

Pistons Reserves
Troy Brown, Jr
Malachi Flynn
Marcus Sasser
James Wiseman

Two Approach Gamers
Buddy Boeheim
Jared Rhoden
Tosan Evbuomwan

Ausar Thompson (sickness) out
Quentin Grimes (knee) out
Taj Gibson (hamstring) out
Stanley Umude (ankle) out
Simone Fontecchio (toe) out
Isaiah Stewart (hamstring) out

Head Coach
Monty Williams

Key Matchups

Payton Pritchard vs Cade Cunningham
Cunningham is averaging 22.3 factors, 4.3 rebounds, and seven.5 assists per recreation. He’s taking pictures 45% from the sector and 35% from past the arc. Within the first recreation in opposition to the Celtics, Cunningham completed with 31 factors, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and a couple of blocks whereas taking pictures 54.5% from the sector and 66.7% from past the arc. The Celtics have to defend him higher on this recreation.

Derrick White vs Jaden Ivey
Ivey is averaging 15.3 factors, 3.5 rebounds and three.8 assists per recreation. He’s taking pictures 43.4% from the sector and 32.9% from past the arc. Within the first video games in opposition to the Celtics, Ivey averaged 21.5 factors, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1 block whereas taking pictures 52.9% from the sector and 44.4% from past the arc. As with Cunningham, the Celtics have to do a greater job of defending him on this recreation.

Honorable Point out
Celtics Heart vs Jalen Duren
Duren is averaging 14.1 factors, 12.0 rebounds and a couple of.6 assists per recreation. He’s taking pictures 63.7% from the sector and isn’t a risk to shoot from 3. Within the first recreation in opposition to the Celtics, he completed with 15 factors, 14 rebounds and a couple of assists whereas taking pictures 83.3% from the sector. I’m unsure who will begin at heart for the Celtics however whoever begins must defend Duran and likewise maintain him off the boards.

Keys to the Sport
Protection – Protection will at all times be key to successful each recreation. The Celtics are 2nd within the league with a 110.4 defensive score whereas the Pistons are twenty seventh with a defensive score of 118.5. The Pistons are twenty fourth within the league, averaging 111.6 factors per recreation. It took additional time for the Celtics to beat them at dwelling of their first assembly at dwelling. The Celtics have to return into this recreation with the mindset that they should play robust protection and never underestimate the Pistons, who’ve a number of younger and hungry gamers.

Rebound – Rebounding is essential to offer the Celtics further possessions and to restrict possessions for his or her opponents. The Celtics are averaging 46.8 rebounds per recreation (2nd) whereas the Pistons are averaging 44 rebounds (eleventh). Of their first assembly, the Pistons out-rebounded the Celtics 57-43 and the Celtics should do higher on this recreation. Rebounding takes effort and the Celtics want to offer further effort to beat the Pistons to rebounds. Once they present further effort on the boards, it typically reveals up in different areas of the sport as properly.

Be Aggressive – The Celtics can’t come into the sport anticipating a simple recreation and to have the ability to take it straightforward on each ends of the courtroom as a result of the Pistons are on the backside of the league. They’ve to return in and be aggressive on protection, on taking the ball to the basket, on diving for unfastened balls, on rebounding and on taking part in as a group. If they permit the Pistons to play tougher than them they might simply be shocked with a loss. They will’t underestimate the Pistons and should play laborious and provides it their all for 48 minutes.

Reserve Play – Each groups are taking part in shorthanded. Each groups might be relying on their reserves to get by means of this recreation. Even when all Celtics on the harm report are out, they nonetheless have some excellent gamers to fill in, whereas the Pistons are relying on 2 method gamers and 10 day contract gamers to fill out their bench. Nonetheless, the Pistons gamers are going to be very hungry and might be seeking to perhaps persist with the group and so the Celtics have to be prepared for them.

Entice Sport on the Street – The Celtics are likely to underestimate shorthanded and dropping groups and they should steer clear of making that mistake on this recreation. The Celtics have already overwhelmed final place Pistons twice but when they arrive into the sport anticipating to only run over them with out giving any effort, they might find yourself dropping this one. They will’t underestimate a group, even when they’re tanking. The Celtics are additionally on the street and have to beat the distractions that include journey and taking part in in a hostile enviornment.

Officiating – Officiating is at all times an x-factor. Each crew calls the sport in another way. Some name it tight and name each little bit of contact whereas others permit extra bodily play. Some favor the house group whereas others name either side evenly. The Celtics have to regulate to the way in which the refs are calling the sport and never permit no calls and unhealthy calls to have an effect on their concentrate on taking part in the sport.

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