Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons: Game outlook, what to watch for
The Chicago Bulls showed at little fight on Tuesday night, well Robin Lopez did anyway, but their win streak against the Toronto Raptors that dates back several years is now over. With little time to rebound, the Bulls will host the similarly flailing Detroit Pistons in a Central Division showdown of two teams fighting to stay in the playoff race.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you are a die-hard Chicago hoops fan that refuses to watch any other team for any reason unless they are playing your Bulls, things have been getting dire. The guys in Wisconsin are winning, Dwyane Wade’s old team is winning and boy the Butler brigade and the Bad Boys in Michigan have been taking a lot of Ls lately.
One thing is certain: Either Chicago or Detroit is going to win a basketball game on Wednesday night.
The Pistons are winning the season series between the two sides, 2-1, and a win would lock up any impending tie-breakers for Detroit. Chicago can even up the season series and help jumpstart the Reinsdorf playoff income aspirations.
Coming into this showdown of calamitous division foes, the Pistons are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but just 1-4 in their last five. Chicago is 2-8 over their last 10 games as they continue to fall, fall, fall out of the playoff picture. Detroit is currently the ninth seed, one game behind the eighth-seeded Miami Heat and the Bulls are one game further down the standings in the tenth spot.
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The obvious math is that a win for Chicago ties the teams on record for the season and evens them at 2-2 in head-to-head record, a loss builds a wider gap between the two sides and would also push the Bulls to three games behind the Heat, who do not play on Wednesday.
Matchup: Chicago Bulls (33-38) vs. Detroit Pistons (34-37)
When: 7:00 p.m. CST
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Radio: WLS-AM 890, WRTO 1200 ESP