There have been few teams in the NBA as successful over the last
decade than the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. At one
point the Pistons made the Eastern Conference Finals an annual event
in Detroit and the Spurs did the same with the NBA Finals.
Although both these teams are getting up there in the age category
and have been starting to do some retooling, they are still among
the NBAís elite teams. With superstars up and down the rosters of
both these teams, they are as fun to watch as any teams in the
Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan may not be in their twenties anymore,
but they still can play at an extremely high level. This season has
been another transition year for Iverson as he has been traded for
the second time in his career after he was moved from the Denver
Nuggets to the Detroit Pistons for point guard Chauncey Billups.
Even though the Pistons aren't a bad team by any means, they have
struggled to adapt to Iversonís brand of basketball. With Richard
Hamilton playing the shooting guard position in Detroit as well as
he has in Detroit throughout all their successful seasons, adding
Allen Iverson to the mix has been kind of rough for the former All
Star and NBA champion.
As a result of the trade for Iverson the Pistons havenít really been
the dominant force in the Eastern conference that they have in years
past. They are still above .500, but teams like the Boston Celtics,
Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic have taken over as the top
teams in the East.
As for the Spurs, they struggled out of the gate in the beginning
season as they had plenty of injury problems to key players, but
since the big three in Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan got
back healthy the Spurs havenít looked back as they worked their up
the Western conference standings to the number two spot behind the
Los Angeles Lakers.
When these two heavyweights in the East and West go head to head the
Spurs will be coming into it after losing two straight and the
Pistons even worse with four straight losses.
The big question in this match up will be whether or not Manu
Ginobili will suit up for the Spurs. Manu did miss the San Antonioís
last game against the New York Knicks with an ankle injury so
chances of him not playing in this game are looking pretty good.
Although the Pistons have lost four straight against less than
worthy opponents (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and
New York Knicks) I think they will come out on top against the Spurs
as San Antonio has really struggled to get things going this season
with Ginobili in the lineup.
Another thing the Pistons have going for them is that they will be
playing in Detroit where they have only lost seven games so far this
season. It could be a close game, but the Pistons should come away
with the win. As of this writing there is no line on this one. We'll
lay up to -4 with the Pistons here.
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