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The San Antonio Spurs look to keep their winning going versus the surging Detroit Pistons.

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San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit Pistons

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
January 6, 2015, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

After defeating the Washington Wizards on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs are set to take on the Detroit Pistons. It should wind up being an easy win for the silver-and-black. However, as we've seen this season, San Antonio has a tendency to struggle with teams they should beat.

The Spurs will need to be on their game, as Kawhi Leonard will be out again, and Tony Parker is listed as questionable. The impact of their absence has been talked about at length already, so I'll spare the details, but the Spurs need them back before they can be at full strength to make a run for homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Tony Parker being back would help tremendously, but Leonard's inability to play still creates a multitude of problems.

San Antonio will also need to bring their A-game because the Pistons are 5-0 since waving forward Josh Smith. They've opened up their offensive attack, shooting over 30 three-pointers per game, and making a red-hot 42.8% from deep. It's unknown how long that hot shooting will keep up, but San Antonio will have to close out on shooters.

Brandon Jennings in particular has been the team's spark for their winning streak, living up to the scoring potential he presented in his 55-point game as a rookie, if only for a little while. He has averaged 21.6 points per game and shot 55.8% over the course of the winning streak. The Spurs' defense will have to stick on Jennings, and get around tough screens from Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to keep him from scoring in pick-and-roll.

Drummond creates problems all on his own as well. The 6'11", 279 lbs. monster of a center is a beast in pick-and-roll, setting hard screens and diving hard to the rim for powerful dunks. San Antonio will need to keep someone attached to him on his dives to make passes to him more difficult, which will help break up the timing of Detroit's offense. Drummond is a terror on the boards as well, as he averages 13.1 per game. He also averages 4.8 offensive boards per game, which lead to tons of second-chance points.

Detroit Pistons

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Detroit Pistons (10-23)

San Antonio Spurs (21-14)

January 6, 2015

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

7:30 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Brandon Jennings

PG

Cory Joseph

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SG

Danny Green

Kyle Singler

SF

Marco Belinelli

Greg Monroe

PF

Tiago Splitter

Andre Drummond

C

Tim Duncan


For the Pistons' perspective, please visit Detroit Bad Boys.

Game prediction: Spurs by 6.

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