The Detroit Pistons travel to Illinois to play the Chicago Bulls at United Center on Saturday.
The Pistons (22-18) are playing better ball over recent weeks, as they've won eight of their last 13 games. That followed up an ugly seven-game losing streak, as it's a great sign to see this team bounce back after such an ugly stretch. What has been a nice surprise for this team is their elite defense, with Detroit sitting third in points allowed. It does lead to some major offensive and defensive splits though, with the Pistons sitting 25th in scoring. That shouldn't take away from Andre Drummond's spectacular season though, as he's truly developed into one of the best centers in the league this season. Drummond is currently averaging 14.4 points, 15 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, while hitting 63 percent of his free-throws. While that free-throw percentage doesn't sound like anything special, it actually nearly doubles his previous career-high, as he never cracked 41 percent. The most important aspect of that percentage is the fact that it keeps him late into games, as teams are not implementing the hack-a-Drummond strategy. That's all the Pistons could ask for, as it's added to his value exponentially.
The Bulls (15-27) have lost five of their last seven games, as they appear to be regressing after an incredible stretch. Prior to that, Chicago had won nine of its previous 11 games, as they're a much better team than the one that started 3-20. It's the development of players like Kris Dunn and Lauri Marrkkanen that's particularly intriguing, with both players showing flashes of brilliance over the last two months. That's not even what's most exciting about this team though, as Zach LaVine is expected to make his Bulls debut in this game. He was one of the key pieces in the Jimmy Butler trade and fans can't wait to see what this team looks like with him and Dunn running the show.
These two teams split their four-game season series from last year, with the home team prevailing in all four games.
Posted on January 12, 2018 at 7:43 PM ET
Updated on January 12, 2018 at 7:59 PM ET