This is game one for the Pistons (15-26) on a five-game Western Conference road trip for the second worst road team in all of the NBA. The Pistons just completed a successful 3-0 home stand beating the LA Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors.
The brightest star from the home stand was Rodney Stuckey who had nearly 22 points and almost 6 assists a game with less than 3 turnovers in the three wins. The development of the front court during the win streak has been a pleasant surprise with Jerebko, Maxiell and Monroe averaging over 10 points a game.
Greg Monroe is currently averaging a double-double on the season with 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game to lead the team in both. Stuckey is the team leader with four assists a game this season but he, Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight have all played the point at some point.
Now for the Utah Jazz (19-21) who are currently last in the Northwest Division, but only two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz are led by the forward tandem of Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson who together are averaging almost 35 points and 18 rebounds a game.
The Jazz are in the top-ten in field goal percentage, but struggle behind the arc as they are last in the number of three-pointers made and percentage. As much as the Jazz struggle on the outside, they are equally tough inside as they are tied for fourth in offensive rebounds a game and blocks per game.
The biggest matchup in this game will be the Al Jefferson against Greg Monroe. I think the guy who has the biggest effect on the game, not just points and rebounds but defensively as well, will most likely win this game. I think Jefferson will control the lane and keep the guards outside the paint will give the Jazz a five-seven point win.