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Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Detroit Pistons

ROUND ONE - Eastern Conference
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The Detroit Pistons (59- 23) won the Central division of the Eastern Conference and finished with the second-best record in the NBA. Detroit held opponents to just 90.1 PPG, which was best in the NBA. Although certainly not the highest scoring club, the Piston’s 97.5 PPG is respectable, and their plus-7.4 PF/FA is second only to Boston.

The Pistons are sharp shooters from outside, with shooting guard Richard Hamilton putting in 17.3 PPG and point man Chanucey Billups throwing in 17.0 PPG. Both are deadly from the arc, hitting 44% and 40% respectively. From the free throw line, Billups is accurate 92% of the time!

Upfront, center Antonio McDyess leads the club in rebounds with 8.5 per game. Add to that power forward Rasheed Wallace’s 6.6 RPG and you’ve got a big banging duo. Small forward Tayshaun Prince hits for 13.2 PPG and grabs 4.9 RPG. On defense, the Pistons are tough, averaging 7.11 SPG and 5.77 BPG. Wallace is especially proficient in both areas.

Philadelphia (40- 42) is the second of two NBA teams that made the playoffs with a record under .500. Although they finished third and 26 games out of first-place in the East, the Sixers split the season series with Detroit, winning the final two games. Don’t expect Philadelphia to just lie down and die.

The 76ers have six players who averaged double figures in scoring, including leading point-maker small forward Andre Iguodala who was good for 19.9 PPG. Iguodala is an iron man, playing in all 82 games in three of his four NBA seasons. Veteran point guard Andre Miller dished off 6.9 APG, while hitting for 17.0 PPG. Shooting guard Willie Green is good for 12.4 PPG and point man Louis Williams is the team’s best three-point man (36%) and free throw shooter (78%). However, the 76ers don’t have the same accuracy from downtown or the charity stripe that the Pistons do.

When push comes to shove, it looks like Detroit has more push and shove. Look for them to win this one, but it won’t be easy.

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Detroit Pistons in 7 Games

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