Having fallen under .500 and out of playoff position, the Detroit Pistons look to get back on track against the New Orleans Pelicans this afternoon.
The Detroit Pistons skidded to the All-Star break but the week of rest it brought did nothing to break them out of their funk. The 98-86 road loss to the Washington Wizards was less competitive than the final score would suggest, as the Pistons fell below the .500 mark.
Now 1.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons have to hope that the trade deadline deals they made start to pay off. Tobias Harris made his Pistons debut in Washington but Marcus Thornton and Donatas Motiejunas were not scheduled to join the team until the team returned home for today’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
A bad back has Thonrton and Motiejunas in limbo as the availability of both players is held up until all players involved in the trade pass their physicals. Motiejunas saw a back specialist in New York who will consult with the Pistons physician, making it a longshot that either player will suit up for the Pistons today. Even though Thornton is healthy, he hasn’t even been able to practice with the team before the situation with Motiejunas has been cleared.
That leaves the Pistons shorthanded again this afternoon, a problem they couldn’t overcome against the Wizards. Without the scoring threat of Brandon Jennings off the bench, Pistons starters will have to carry the load.
Here is all the important info you need for today’s game.
Utah Jazz (21-33) at Detroit Pistons (27-28)
The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports Detroit
Radio: 105.1 FM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass
Favorite: Pistons by 5
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