Detroit and New Orleans to meet in out-of-conference game
New Orleans Pelicans (14-26, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (14-26, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans plays Detroit for a non-conference matchup.
The Pistons have gone 8-12 at home. Detroit is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with just 42.4 rebounds per game led by Andre Drummond averaging 15.9.
The Pelicans are 7-14 on the road. New Orleans averages 45.5 rebounds per game and is 4-15 when opponents win the rebound battle.
The Pistons won the last meeting between these two teams 105-103 on Dec. 9. Derrick Rose scored 21 points to help lead Detroit to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Drummond leads the Pistons with 15.9 rebounds and averages 17.6 points. Rose has averaged 21 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 50.9 percent over the last 10 games for Detroit.
Brandon Ingram has shot 47.6 percent and is averaging 25.1 points for the Pelicans. Lonzo Ball has averaged 6.7 assists and scored 16.1 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pistons: 3-7, averaging 107.9 points, 42.3 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 8.7 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting.
Pelicans: 7-3, averaging 116.8 points, 47 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting.
INJURIES: Pistons: Blake Griffin: out (knee), Khyri Thomas: out (right foot), Luke Kennard: out (knees), Reggie Jackson: out (back).
Pelicans: Kenrich Williams: day to day (back), Jrue Holiday: day to day (elbow), Zion Williamson: out (knee), JJ Redick: day to day (hamstring), Darius Miller: out (achilles), Derrick Favors: day to day (hamstring).