Cole Patty | Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:52AM
Tonight at the Rose Garden the Trail Blazers will be taking on the Detroit Pistons. This game is the last at home for the Blazers before their five game road trip, and Portland is a much better team at home (21-11) than on the road (9-23). This game may have to be a win for the team, as their five game road trip features four playoff teams. Having some momentum going into the game would be huge.
As for Detroit—well, things haven’t looked so well. They have lost seven straight, and haven’t looked very good in doing so. They lack depth in the front court without sensational rookie Andre Drummond, which is a shame, because Drummond provided most of the enjoyment for Pistons viewers. Truly, the Pistons have been bad, and the only real big news after the Drummond injury was Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight getting dunked on. The Trail Blazers should win, since they are the better team at home.
Regardless of your tanking priority, you should hope to watch the Blazers win this game. The Pistons are incredibly hard to watch without Drummond, with only Calderon and perhaps Greg Monroe providing any excitement. Also, with the road trip looming, this might be one of the easiest games Portland has in a while. So ideally, the Blazers can afford to pick up a win while keeping pace for the twelfth pick or better.