Pistons vs. Wizards is not a marquee matchup in the NBA, but that matchup is going to play out on two consecutive nights this weekend as Detroit and Washington are scheduled for a home-and-home series. The Pistons will host the first matchup on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET), while the Wizards get the tough assigment of trying to protect their home floor on Saturday (7 p.m. ET), after a late-night flight. Both contests will be televised on FOX Sports Detroit.
Wizards point guard John Wall is still out, so Pistons guards Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey should be at an advantage in the backcourt. Over at Detroit Bad Boys, the focus is on Brandon Knight and the improvements he has made during his second NBA season:
I believe that Knight's 3PT shooting is better largely because he's truly improved his decision making skills. He's shooting just as many as last year, but he's no longer launching because he's lost, but instead he intelligently waits for the pick and roll to develop. If Knight is capable of learning the nuances of the game as this development suggests, then I think we can confidently hope that his turnover issue is one he can improve on as well.
The injury bug has bitten the Wizards, and they may be without rookie guard Bradley Beal (lower back) who missed a game against the Magic on Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day. Trevor Ariza (calf) is out.
Washington owns the worst record in the NBA (3-20), while Detroit holds the fourth-worst mark to-date (7-21).