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|Detroit Pistons||Head-to-Head||Memphis Grizzlies
|Dwane Casey||Head Coach||Taylor Jenkins|
|7-28 (14th in East)||Standing||25-14 (4th in West)|
|101.6 (30th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.1 (8th of 30)|
|110.5 (22nd of 30)||Def Rtg||108.9 (14th of 30)|
|99.0 (10th of 30)||Pace||98.7 (12th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Grant (20.1)||PPG||J. Morant (25.1)|
|I. Stewart (8.4)||RPG||S. Adams (9.3)|
|C. Cunningham (5.3)||APG||J. Morant (6.7)|
|K. Olynyk (1.4)||SPG||D. Melton (1.7)|
|J. Grant, I. Stewart (1.1)||BPG||J. Jackson Jr. (1.8)|
|I. Stewart (.531)/J. Grant (6.6)||FG%/FGM||B. Clarke (.644)/J. Morant (9.3)|
|C. Joseph (.377)/S. Bey (2.3)||3P%/3PM||J. Konchar (.447)/D. Bane (2.9)|
|Kelly Olynyk||Detroit Pistons||12 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Olynyk suffered a grade-2 MCL sprain and will miss at least six weeks.|
|Jerami Grant||Detroit Pistons||12 Dec 2021||Out (Thumb)||Grant will be re-evaluated in six weeks.|
|Isaiah Stewart||Detroit Pistons||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Stewart has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Frank Jackson||Detroit Pistons||30 Dec 2021||Out (Ankle)||Jackson suffered a lateral ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.|
|Derrick Walton||Detroit Pistons||2 Jan 2022||Out (Not With Team)||Walton is not with the team and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Isaiah Livers||Detroit Pistons||4 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Foot)||Livers did not play in Detroit’s Monday (Jan 3) game.|
|Dillon Brooks||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Brooks has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|De’Anthony Melton||Memphis Grizzlies||26 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Melton has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Shaq Buchanan||Memphis Grizzlies||31 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Buchanan has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Kyle Anderson||Memphis Grizzlies||2 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Anderson has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|John Konchar||Memphis Grizzlies||2 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Konchar has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Xavier Tillman||Memphis Grizzlies||2 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Tillman has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Tyrell Terry||Memphis Grizzlies||4 Jan 2022||Out (Illness)||Terry was listed as OUT for Memphis’ Tuesday (Jan 4) game.|
There certainly isn’t much to go on when considering what the Pistons do to take victory, but they’ll need to muster all they have and more to take down the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis are shorthanded but not lacking in the talent department. For Detroit, it will be all about hustle, as in wins they have a +3.7 rebounding differential, a +1.8 offensive rebounding differential, and a +5.1 free throw attempt differential to their opponents.
The Grizzlies are strong defensively in the paint and on the perimeter. Detroit will need to be efficient with shots and group-rebound if they hope to stave off the sheer physicality of Memphis.
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Saddiq Bey for the win in Detroit!!! pic.twitter.com/LbDHG8PSDA
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 2, 2022
While eyes are usually on Pistons top pick Cade Cunningham, it was Saddiq Bey who led the Pistons to victory in their last match.
In an upset victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Bey posted 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 38 minutes of play. He was almost unguardable from deep, hitting 8 of 13 attempts from three-point range.
The Grizzlies are one of the poorer defensive teams in terms of three-point shooting, so Bey should focus on finding the looks he converts on so easily.
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The Memphis Grizzlies can’t look past the Detroit Pistons as they hope to ascend up the Western Conference rankings.
The Detroit Pistons are an aggressive defensive team, opting to run teams off the line and into the paint. Memphis thrive in the paint, but with their rather pedestrian shooting ability they may play right into the Pistons’ hands.
To win the Grizzlies must make it a point to succeed at the rim and not settle for looks that Detroit give them. There’s no better rim-attacking guard in Ja Morant, but with current injuries and exclusions, there are questions around who has the consistency to support his efforts.
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25+ PTS in FIVE-straight ?@JaMorant records 26 PTS, 5 REB and 6 AST to propel the @memgrizz to their sixth-straight win!pic.twitter.com/irWaQof3NT
— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2022
At this point in the season, Ja Morant is showing the type of star that he is. Even though the Pistons are one of the league’s weaker teams, expect Morant to still pull off a strong performance.
Morant is coming off of a 26-point, 6 assists, and 5 rebound night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he didn’t have much opposition at point guard, he didn’t show the Cavs defense any disrespect.
The Grizzlies are facing one of the league’s poorest interior defenses. Morant should have another productive game.
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|Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies Information|
|Teams||Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies|
|Location||FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Time||8:00 PM EST, January 6th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports SE-MEM, Bally Sports DET, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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