Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons: Live stream, TV, injury report

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The Brooklyn Nets face the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Here’s how to catch the all the action.

The Brooklyn Nets open the 2018-19 season Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

For the Nets, it’s the first time in 40 years they’ve opened a season in Detroit, when the New Jersey Nets played the Pistons at the Pontiac Silverdome to open the 1978-79 season.

Brooklyn will be looking to improve on a 28-54 season from a year ago, which marked an eight-victory jump from 2016-17.

Coach Kenny Atkinson enters his third season as the helm with a revamped roster than added veterans Ed Davis, Kenneth Faried, Jared Dudley and Shabazz Napier in the offseason, along with draft picks Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs.

It’s a new start for Detroit, with former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey — last season’s NBA Coach of the Year — in and Stan Van Gundy out after four seasons.

The Pistons improved last season to 39-43, two victories better than the previous season, but haven’t been to the playoffs since finishing 44-38 in 2015-16.

That also marks the franchise’s only winning season and in the last 10 years and was just its second postseason appearance in that span.

The Pistons didn’t make any high-profile additions in the offseason, but added veteran depth with Zaza Pachulia, Jose Calderon and Glenn Robinson III coming on board. A pair of second-round picks earned roster spots in Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas.

This will be the first full season in Detroit for Blake Griffin, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in January in a blockbuster trade that still wasn’t enough to push the Pistons in the playoffs.

The Nets trail the all-time series with the Pistons, 69-106, dating back to the Nets’ first NBA season in 1976-77.

Since the club moved to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets are 12-13 in this Eastern Conference matchup. Detroit has won the last two meetings between the teams.

As for the superlatives, the Nets have the highest-scoring game in the series, a 147-132 win over the Pistons at the Silverdome on April 17, 1982. The largest margin in the series came on March 9, 1980 at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J., when the Nets dropped Detroit 140-100.

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Here’s what you need to know to get connected for Wednesday night’s game:

Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m. Eastern

Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
TV: YES Network
Live stream: NBA League Pass
Season series: First meeting (Pistons won series last season, 3-1)

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Brooklyn: OUT–DeMarre Carroll (right ankle surgery), Alan Williams (right ankle sprain), Shabazz Napier (strained right hamstring), Allen Crabbe (sprained left ankle). QUESTIONABLE–Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (strained left adductor).

Detroit: QUESTIONABLE–Stanley Johnson (sore toe).

Last meeting

April 1, 2018, at Brooklyn: Reggie Jackson finished with 29 points as the Pistons ran out to a big first-half lead and held on to claim the season series from the Nets with their third win in four meetings, 108-96.

Detroit led 62-48 at the half and was up by as much as 20 late in the third quarter before Brooklyn made a push, getting as close as six points at 93-87 with 2:38 remaining on a 3-pointer by D’Angelo Russell.

Andre Drummond had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, Anthony Tolliver added 10 points and 12 boards, Eric Moreland grabbed 10 rebounds and had two blocks off the bench and Stanley Johnson finished with 17 points, four assists and four steals.

Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris led the Nets with 15 points each. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had eight rebounds, Russell and Caris LeVert each notched seven assists and Allen added three blocked shots.

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What’s next?

Brooklyn: vs. New York, Friday; at Indiana, Saturday; at Cleveland, Oct. 24

Detroit: at Chicago, Saturday; vs. Philadelphia, Tuesday; vs. Cleveland, Oct. 25