The Detroit Pistons’ six-game road trip will conclude on Friday, November 25, 2022, with a cross-conference game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, with tip-off scheduled for 9:00 PM ET.
Cade Cunningham, Chris Paul OUT for Pistons – Suns
The Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul
Last Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns (11-6; 11-6 ATS) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 115-105 at home.
The Suns won their second straight game and covered the spread for the fourth time in five games, covering a 9.5-point spread.
Phoenix used the Lakers’ poor shooting (4-for-22 from deep) to derail Anthony Davis’ monster performance. Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each had 25 points.
Phoenix has the third-best offensive rating in the NBA, averaging 117.0 points per 100 possessions. The Suns rank fifth in the league in 3-point percentage (38.4%) and average 28.2 assists per 100 possessions (2nd).
Their defense ranks sixth in adjusted efficiency (109.6 points per 100 possessions) and seventh in field goal percentage (45.5%).
Cameron Johnson (knee) will be out for an extended period of time, and Landry Shamet remains in the concussion protocol.
Chris Paul (heel) has returned to practice but will miss his eighth game in a row on Friday.
According to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic, Paul (heel) has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Pistons.
Despite fully participating in Wednesday’s practice, Paul will be forced to miss his eighth consecutive game due to a heel injury.
It’s unclear if he’ll be available for the second half of Saturday’s back-to-back against the Jazz.
Read more: The latest injury status of Anthony Davis
The Detroit Pistons ‘s Cade Cunningham
The Detroit Pistons (5-15; 9-9-2 ATS) have linked two victories for the first time this season.
Following a 110-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets to snap a seven-game losing streak, the Pistons defeated the Utah Jazz 125-116 on the road this past Wednesday.
On the second day of a back-to-back set, Detroit outscored the Jazz 52-42 in the paint, shooting 49.4% from the field and 50.0% from downtown (12-for-24).
The Pistons had 24 assists and only seven turnovers last Wednesday.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 23 points and five rebounds, Kevin Knox added 21 points and a plus-9 net rating, and Marvin Bagley III added 19 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Last Tuesday, Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points and nine rebounds in a close win over Denver. He’s scored 20 points in five consecutive games.
The Pistons score 110.6 points per 100 possessions (21st in the NBA), but allow 118.3 points (29th).
According to The Athletic’s James L. Edwards III, Cunningham (lower leg) is expected to be out indefinitely due to a stress fracture in his shin.
The team is considering both rest and surgery for Cunningham. The Pistons are expected to invest in the future health of the No. 1 overall pick in 2021 and have no intention of rushing him back, which is understandable for a rebuilding team like Detroit.
In his absence, Killian Hayes, Cory Joseph, and Alec Burks may see expanded roles.
Cunningham had a strong start to the season, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 triples, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33.3 minutes.
Injury Update for Phoenix Suns
- SG Landry Shamet (Concussion): Expected to be out until at least Nov 26
- PG Chris Paul (Heel): Expected to be out until at least Nov 26
- PF Jae Crowder (Not Injury Related): Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
- SF Cameron Johnson (Knee): Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
Injury Update for Detroit Pistons
- SG Jaden Ivey (Knee): Game Time Decision
- SF Hamidou Diallo (Illness): Game Time Decision
- PG Killian Hayes (Calf): Game Time Decision
- SF Saddiq Bey (Ankle): Expected to be out until at least Nov 27
- Cade Cunningham (Lower Leg): Expected to be out until at least Dec 14
- C Isaiah Stewart (Toe): Expected to be out until at least Nov 29