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Wizards at Pistons preview: The NBA’s worst teams face off

The Wizards have lost nine consecutive games. The Pistons’ losing streak is at 13. Something has to give on Monday.

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Welcome to the NBA’s Ineptitude Bowl. The Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons are a combined 4-28 on the season and neither team has won since November 9th. One of these teams will break their streak while the other gets closer to locking up the best odds in the draft lottery.

Game info

When: Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m. ET.

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

TV: Monumental Sports Network


Wizards: Jordan Poole, Questionable (left ankle); Ryan Rollins, Out (right knee); Delon Wright (left knee)

Pistons: Bojan Bogdanovic, Out (right calf); Joe Harris, Out (right shoulder) Monte Morris (right quadriceps)

What to watch for

The Wizards are four-point underdogs against a team that has lost 13 straight games. That’s a pretty good summation of how this season has gone so far. Like the Wizards, Detroit got crushed in their last game after nearly pulling an upset on a title contender. The Pistons are in the fifth year of a rebuild as they hope that Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren, and their other young players grow up into stars.

Cunningham leads the team in scoring, averaging 22 points per game. He’s been inefficient and his turnovers have dragged him down. Duren had an amazing start to the season before injuries put a pause on his growth. Jaden Ivey and Ausar Thompson are promising wings who have shown flashes of brilliance.

The Wizards will hopefully look fresher than they did on Saturday against Atlanta. Bilal Coulibaly might be in store for a big game. The Pistons turn the ball over more than all but one team in the NBA. Coulibaly should have chances to turn steals into transition layups. Kyle Kuzma is heading back to his hometown team, so hopefully he’s energized.