Detroit Pistons Notable Games
With the release of the 2017-2018 NBA schedule, the Detroit Pistons look to make a push towards the playoffs this season. With the opening of the new Little Caesars Arena there should be a lot of excitement around the city of Detroit for the future of the Pistons. There are some games that stand out on the Pistons’ schedule. These games usually involve a matchup against a Super Star Player or even a Super Team.
Little Caesars Arena should be electric as the Pistons open the arena and season October 18th against the Hornets. The matchup against the Dwight Howard and the Hornets isn’t very intriguing but nothing beats opening night of the season.
It won’t take the Pistons long to see how good #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz is when the Philadelphia 76ers come to town October 23rd. Along with Fultz, Ben Simmons will be making his NBA debut this season after sitting out all of last year. Let’s not forget about Joel Embid who is quickly becoming a Star in the league. The 76ers will also be in Detroit on April 4th. The Pistons will then travel to Philadelphia December 2nd and January 5th. These games might also be deciding factors for the playoffs as both teams try to make a run for a spot in the top eight.
You either love him or hate him but either way Lonzo Ball will be putting on a show when the Lakers come to town March 26th. It will also be the first game back in Detroit for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who played his first four seasons with the Pistons.
The first elite team that comes to Detroit is the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 20th. The Cavs are in disarray right now but I am assuming that by the start of the season they will still be considered one of the elite teams at least in the Eastern Conference. Watching Lebron James play is worth the ticket of admission no matter who else is out on the court. If you miss the November matchup the Cavs also come to Little Caesars arena January 30th. The Pistons will then take the short flight to Cleveland for games on January 28th and March 5th.
December 8th is a game that many have circled when the defending NBA champion Warriors come to town. This is their only visit to Detroit, if you want to see Steph Curry or Kevin Durant, get tickets now. The Pistons will travel to play the Warriors earlier in the season on October 29th.
Super Star Players
Sometimes there are individual players that are worth the price of admission alone. Chris Paul, James Harden and the Houston Rockets come to Detroit January 6th. The Rockets featured one of the most exciting offenses in the League last season and the addition of Paul to the lineup will only enhance that. The Rockets should also be one the top teams in the entire League this season.
Russell Westbrook! His game has earned that exclamation point. He averaged a triple double last season while winning the League MVP award. Westbrook alone is a good enough reason to show up for the game but with the addition of Paul George to the Thunder this team has a lot of the WOW factor. The Thunder will be in Detroit one time only on January 27th.
There will be some great games to catch at Little Caesars Arena this season as the Pistons make that playoff push. Whether you are there to see the new arena, a Super Star or a Super Star team, this season should be fun for the Pistons’ fans.
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