The Detroit Pistons dropped yet another game although most are hardly surprised at the rate the team is performing this 2023-24 season.
After finally ending their 28-game losing skid with a 129-127 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, December 30. But two days later, the Motor City squad is back to its losing ways after dropping a 136-113 decision to the Houston Rockets.
The frustration from within the Pistons is apparent. After Cade Cunningham, who had an atrocious game against Houston, another player has called out his teammates for the poor effort against the Rockets, The Athletic reported.
“You win one, and now it’s like … we haven’t done anything this year. It comes down to pride. All of the pain that we felt this year… this is painful. This is painful to go through. We’re in a season where we’re losing a ton of games, and it’s like … it comes down to pride at the end of the day,” Ivey said.
Jaden Ivey blasts Pistons’ lackluster defensive effort
Using the loss to the Rockets as an example, the 5th overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft pointed out how the team reacted and their lack of effort in that loss.
“The moment you step out there on the floor, ‘What can you do to help the team?’ both defensively and offensively. In the third quarter, they were coming down and scoring. We need to wall up and chest the ball. It comes down to pride. We didn’t have that tonight. Now we have to look ourselves in the mirror, every single one of us, and take more pride,” he added.
Pistons vs. Jazz odds, line and start time
The Pistons will next face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, January 3, at the Delta Center with tip-off set for 9:00 p.m. E.T.
The Jazz are 8.5-point spread favorites to prevail over the Pistons in this matchup. The Moneyline is -262 for Utah and +208 for Detroit with the over/under at 238.5 per OddsSharks.com.