NBA 2018-19: Predicted starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Detroit Pistons vs New York Knicks
The Knicks recently gained a lot of spotlight after they traded away their budding superstar, Kristaps Porzingis in an effort to offload bad contracts and create cap space for two max free agents. They are now going to be major players in the upcoming Free agency and also have a shot at Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA draft.
The Knicks are currently the worst team in the NBA and have a 10-42 losing record. They haven't won at the Madison Square Garden for around 2 months.
The rookie, Kevin Knox has been one of the brightest performers for the Knicks and he is averaging 12.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the season. Allonzo Trier is also having a great rookie season and is averaging 10.2 points per game this season.
DeAndre Jordan is now a part of the New York Knicks as a part of Porzingis trade package. He will be lining up at the Center spot for the Knicks. Dennis Smith Jr. is also going to start and he will be looking for a much improved performance than his 8 points outing in his debut for the Knicks.
The Detroit Pistons had a great start to the season but they have stumbled a lot in recent games. They are still hopeful about making the playoffs and had a convincing win against the high flying Denver Nuggets in their match today.
Blake Griffin who has once again been selected to the All-Star game is leading the Pistons in the scoring charts. He is averaging 26.2 points per game for the season. Andre Drummond leads the league in rebounds per game with 15 rebounds per game for the season.
Let's have a look at the predicted starting lineups for the two teams:
Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson (PG), Bruce Brown Jr. (SG), Reggie Bullock (SF), Blake Griffin (PF), Andre Drummond (C).
New York Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. (PG), Damyean Dotson (SG), Kevin Knox (SF), Noah Vonleh (PF), DeAndre Jordan (C).
The Pistons are still hoping to make the playoffs and had a great win at home against the Nuggets. The Knicks are the worst team in the NBA and have traded away most of their best performing players in the Porzingis deal. They haven't won at MSG for around 2 months.
I predict the Pistons to emerge victorious from this match against the Knicks.