Griffin leads Detroit into matchup with Dallas
Detroit Pistons (21-26, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (21-26, 13th in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Friday, 8 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Blake Griffin leads Detroit into a matchup against Dallas. He currently ranks tenth in the NBA scoring 26.3 points per game.
The Mavericks have gone 17-6 at home at the American Airlines Center. Dallas averages 15.6 turnovers per game and is 12-6 when they win the turnover battle.
The Pistons are 8-15 in road games. Detroit ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 11.4 offensive rebounds per game, led by Andre Drummond averaging 5.2. The two teams meet for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeAndre Jordan ranks first on the Mavericks with 14.0 rebounds and averages 11.1 points. Luka Doncic has scored 21.3 points and collected 7.6 rebounds while shooting 39.5 percent over the last 10 games for Dallas.
Griffin is second on the Pistons with 8.1 rebounds and averages 26.3 points. Reggie Bullock has averaged 3.3 rebounds and added 12.8 points per game over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pistons: 4-6, averaging 101.6 points, 41.7 rebounds, 21.9 assists, 7.8 steals and three blocks per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting.
Mavericks: 3-7, averaging 103.9 points, 46.9 rebounds, 21 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.5 points on 45.0 percent shooting.
Mavericks Injuries: J.J. Barea: out for season (lower leg).
Pistons Injuries: Henry Ellenson: day to day (ankle), Andre Drummond: day to day (concussion), Ish Smith: day to day (adductor).