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Sunday, November 4 at Los Angeles Lakers
This game will be the first chance that this young Pistons team will have against an elite team. The Pistons are fortunate to have depth in the backcourt, and Brandon Knight should give Steve Nash fits.
But the most intriguing aspect of this game will be up front. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe will have their first shot at taking on an elite frontcourt in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
While the Lakers likely will win, the Pistons are just young enough to maybe keep this one close.
Saturday, November 10 at Houston Rockets
The matchup with Houston isn't the reason for the added importance to this game. It will be the last game of a Western Conference road trip that will truly be a great challenge for the Pistons. It is very possible that Detroit could lose all of the previous five games, and they will need this one.
Monday, November 12 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
This game is sure to rock the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, fresh off of a six-game west coast swing, will be energized to be back home playing against the Western Conference champs. The young Pistons will likely be looking to get rid of the taste of loss that they are sure to have in their mouths.
Sunday, November 18 vs. Boston Celtics
With a schedule that is heavily skewed towards the Western Conference, the Pistons should welcome a chance to play some teams in their own conference. This game at home against the Celtics should be a measuring stick for the young Pistons in assessing where they fit in the Eastern Conference.
Friday, November 30 at Memphis Grizzlies
In the last game of the month, the Pistons find themselves back on the road against an elite Western Conference squad. The reason this game is interesting is the frontcourt tandem of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, two of the strongest, most talented big men in the league.
October/November W-L Prediction: 8-9
Wins: Houston (twice), Phoenix, Sacramento, Orlando (twice), Toronto, Portland
Losses: Phoenix, Lakers, Nuggets, Thunder (twice), Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Memphis