I know the drill. The 76ers are the underdog. Their brilliant run has tailed off course in the last 10 games. The Pistons have been to the conference finals for the last 5 years. They're on the road against a teams whose strength (defense) matches up well against the 76ers strength (fastbreaks). The 76ers lack playoff experience. Their style of play isn't well suited for the playoffs ... yada ... yada ..yada.
I say it all amounts to the perfect storm to steal one in Detroit. When you don't own the home court advantage. That's the first order of business. Steal one of the first two games. And what better game to do it than the first. Outside of the Philly faithful, Nobody is giving the 76ers a shot. That's not surprising. Nobody outside the Philly faithful has actually every watched them play. Today will be their 1st nationally televised game this season.
No disrespect to the Pistons. They are a good team. They have continued to play at a high level for a long time. But its gotta end sooner of later, right? It is no secret that Pistons head coach, Flip Sanders is on the hot seat. He was handed the reigns to a perennial conference favorite and was expected to win championships. To date he has won zero. What's his records in the playoffs (37-44). He couldn't win a playoff series with Kevin Gannett!
Most of the Pistons starters have already drank from the cup of championship victory. Perhaps the drive isn't there anymore. Perhaps their age is catching up with them.
Perhaps the 76ers can steal one in Detroit.