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Nets open November at home vs the Pistons

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NBA: Preseason-Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

What a frightful way to spend Halloween. The Nets played host to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night and got roasted by 30 points. It was the first truly bad showing for team that fought back from big deficits last week.

The opponent this evening will be the Detroit Pistons. They had a good 2015-2016 season and are looking to build upon that this year. This is the second night of a back-to-back for Detroit. They beat the Knicks 104-89 in the Palace last night and have won their last three games.

Where to follow the game

YES Network on TV with WFAN 101.9 FM on the radio. Tip off after 7:30.


Greivis Vasquez was out on Monday and is listed as day-to-day. Randy Foye is still working his way back from his hamstring injury and his availability is unknown.

Reggie Jackson has been out since the start of October due to a knee injury and won’t be playing tonight. Reggie Bullock has been dealing with back spasms and it’s likely he misses this game.

The game

In off the court news, the Pistons weren’t able to agree to terms on contract extensions for Bullock and Kentavious Caldwell Pope by the October 31 deadline. They’ll both be restricted free agents this summer and it's more than likely they'll get their deals done then.

Speaking of KCP, he’ll be matched up with Bojan Bogdanovic. Bogdanovic has been the Nets’ best scorer through the first four games, averaging 16.5 points a night on a 49/35/91.7 shooting split. With Rondae Hollis Jefferson struggling out the gate, the Nets might look to get Bojan some more shots to make up for it.

The glamour matchup this evening will be between Andre Drummond and Brook Lopez. Dre is only shooting 45.8 percent inside of the restricted area so far, but it’s still early and that number will surely improve once Jackson returns. As for Lopez, he’s still getting acclimated to the new offense so it might take a little while longer for his game to be what we’re used to seeing. The Nets don’t have a true back-to-back (by that I mean when they’re playing in two different cities in two days) until late December so he should be out there every night for the next 22 games.

Player to watch: Ish Smith

With Jackson out, Smith has been the starter for Stan Van Gundy’s bunch. In his four games, he's averaged close to eight assists vs only two turnovers a night. He's always found success when driving to the basket and this season has been more of the same for him.

Jeremy Lin has been fine, but the point guard play behind him has been pretty spotty. Isaiah Whitehead struggled on Monday, but with Vasquez hurt, he'll have plenty of opportunities to get his game right. Sean Kilpatrick might get some run at the point, and if he manages to do a decent job there, he might earn himself even more minutes as the year progresses.

From the Vault

Even though the Pistons lost this series, you could tell the team was on their way to greatness.

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