10 February 2018 at 03.00 Moscow time on little Cesars Arena in Detroit will be the match of the local pistons with the Los Angeles clippers. The team occupies the 9th place in their conference, the pistons in the East, the clippers in the West. So the opponents of this match involved in the struggle for a place in the play-offs, which contributes to their motivation before this meeting.
This match is undoubtedly one of the expected in the League. As the recent trade Blake Griffin of the clippers in Detroit shocked many, including the basketball, as he admitted in one interview. And this is the first match Griffin for Detroit against his former team.
- The Detroit Pistons
- Los Angeles Clippers
- The forecast and the coefficient
The Detroit Pistons
So, with the beginning of February was loud transition Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles clippers in Detroit. Griffin was surprised to such decision of the club. After the transition, he said that he was glad to be related to the success of the clippers, but now optimistic about the future in his new team.
So met Griffin on little Cesars Arena in his debut for the pistons against Memphis, which took place on 2 February.
It is strange to see Griffin in the form of pistons. He is from 2009 to 2018 played for the Los Angeles clippers and became a cult figure of this franchise. Playing in Los Angeles, it is 5 times became a member of the all-star game.
With the signing of Griffin formed a very powerful combination, composed of pistons Blake Griffin Andre Drummond (party All Stars 2018).
Griffin immediately joined the new team. In the match against Memphis, he became the first star of the game — 24 points, 5 assists, 15 rebounds. In the match against Miami on his account 16 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds. In the match against Portland, he was again the first star of the match — 21 points, 6 assists and 9 rebounds. In the game against Brooklyn the second star with 25 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds.
All these matches Detroit won. That is with Griffin in the lineup the pistons have never lost.
But not only through the efforts of Griffin Detroit has won these victories. As always excellent was Andre Drummond. With Brooklyn in the last round he made a double-double, his score is 17 points and 27 rebounds. A fiery bunch, of course, was formed in Detroit.
“I know these guys are damn good and it won’t be just another game. The clippers are in a lot of my friends, but we will not be nice on the floor. This is a war,” said Griffin on the eve of this match.
Undoubtedly the signing of Griffin was the catalyst for the emotions in Detroit and with it the emotional background of pistons confidently walked through the rivals in the current home series and are determined to compete for the playoffs.
It is also worth noting that with Griffin in Detroit also came Willie Reid and Bruce Johnson, and the clippers went from Detroit Tobias Harris, Doors Bradley and Boban Marjanovic.
Los Angeles Clippers
Treyd Griffin brought the Clippers Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and of Boban Marjanovic. Thus, the clippers increased depth of the squad, but the team will need some time to interact. Still, three new players have joined the team and lost one of the team leaders.
After this transaction, the clippers lost at home to Portland 96:104. Then really defeated the Chicago bulls and 113:103, and Dallas Mavericks 104:101.
The victory over Dallas was difficult. 4 points lost before the final fourth quarter.
During the fourth quarter was losing by 10 points 91-101. But managed in the end to score 13 points, not giving the opponent to score. Lucky, of course, in that game the clippers.
February for the clippers to be a difficult one. They will have to play 7 away games and matches in Detroit begins this series. The clippers on the road basically good plays. That is someone else’s at the centre of the ring and the stands they are not confused, at least a critical difference in the results of home and guest no.
The teams met in October, and then the clippers lost at home floor 87:95.
The forecast and the coefficient
An interesting match is expected in connection with the recent transitions. Undoubtedly familiar is the transition of the Griffin from the clippers in Detroit. This match attracts most of the attention and stirs the passion in his anticipation.
Both teams are trying to enter the top 8 in their conference, sitting on the 9th place. Both are suitable with a triumphant series to this game. From Detroit, it is 5 games, the clippers have two of the match. In this confrontation, I still would give preference to the hosts of the parquet. The combination of Griffin-Drummond looks convincing, but Griffin in his new team debuted amazing and certainly pistons new look and looked at their prospects to play in the playoffs.
The clippers are very lucky in the last round against Dallas, was not their match. In General, expect to win the pistons, and I think teams will satisfied with effective show.
Bookmakers put Detroit favourite with odds of 1.7, to win the clippers give of 2.2-2.3. Think should play the odds the owners of -3 for the coefficient of 1.98. And over 218,5 for of 1.94.