Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs (39-11) vs. Detroit Pistons (18-32)

By Joe Buettner

Feb 14, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) guards San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Spurs defeated the Pistons 99-95. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

With two-thirds of San Antonio’s Big Three doubtful tonight, the Spurs should still have no problems extending their win streak. Gregg Popovich’s squad has been fine without the efforts of Tim Duncan (knee) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring), and it should be no different tonight when the Spurs visit The Palace of Auburn Hills.

San Antonio brings their eleven game win streak in to the second game of their 2013 Rodeo Road Trip against a Pistons team they haven’t seen in nearly a year. While San Antonio continues their winning ways, Detroit has not enjoyed the same success as of late.

The Pistons currently are on a three game skid, all three by just a few points. The Spurs, though, have been taking care of business by picking up comfortable wins with Tony Parker and a hot San Antonio supporting cast.

In particular, Danny Green went in to beast mode Wednesday night scoring a career-high 28 points. The Spurs would love nothing more than another big shooting night from Green, and for the team to light up the Pistons from beyond the arc. Detroit has struggled to get much going from the perimeter, and do not exactly match the pace of the Spurs.

Detroit’s Andre Drummond (back) is doubtful for the game and the Pistons hope Jose Calderon is healthy enough to contend with Parker tonight.

The Pistons will rely on Greg Monroe to provide scoring and stop the Spurs in the paint. Detroit will, also, be looking for a big game against Brandon Knight, who will compete against Parker in a week’s time in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

The Spurs are 5.5 point favorites, and should be able to pick up their 40th win of the season, which would make them the first team to reach the 40-win mark. The struggling Pistons will hope to pull off the upset, but it will be a tall order even in their own house.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm CT and will be televised on Fox Sports-Southwest.