Detroit Pistons

What to watch on NBA League pass for the Week of Dec. 3-Dec. 9

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The Pistons headline a week of action that includes a meeting between the Nuggets and Hornets (NBA Getty Images)

From Dec. 3-Dec. 9, 17 games are set to air on national TV, and there are a number of other marquee games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From the must-see team to the biggest games throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Detroit Pistons

Monday, Dec. 3 vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 7 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 9 vs. New Orleans, 3:30 p.m.

Since losing five straight games early on in the season, Detroit has won nine of its last 11 games and enters the week on a five-game win streak. The Pistons are owners of the best win percentage in the league (.818) since this 11-game stretch began on Nov. 7.

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Detroit's 13-7 record is good for fourth in the East and has been fueled by its 9-3 record at home and the impact of its new head coach.

Dwane Casey is still learning his new roster, but he has been placing players in good positions to succeed, especially the trio of Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Griffin is playing at an All-Star level so far, averaging 24.9 points to go along with 7.9 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game. Drummond isn't too far behind, averaging 18.6 points and a league-leading 16.4 rebounds per game.

After missing 37 games with an injury last season, Jackson is averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 assists through his first 20 games of action. The seventh-year guard is also knocking down a career-high 2.2 3-pointers per game at a 34.4 percent clip.

While the star trio makes most of the headlines, fourth-year forward Stanley Johnson very well could be the X-factor. After starting in the first seven games of the season, Johnson accepted a role off the bench.

This move coincides with the recent hot streak the Pistons are on and it's worth noting that Johnson's play has vastly improved as a reserve.

Stanley Johnson in 2018-19
G MIN PTS REB FG% 3P% Record
Starter 7 28.4 7.1 4.6 .352 .250 3-4
Reserve 12 20.8 11.6 4.2 .455 .353 9-3

The Pistons will take the floor four times this week, with each night presenting a different challenge. Monday, Detroit welcomes the OKC Thunder to Little Caesar's Arena, setting the stage for another battle between Jackson and his former teammate Russell Westbrook.

Detroit then travels to Milwaukee to take on the Central Division-leading Bucks before returning home for two more games. Friday is the third round of the battle between Drummond and Joel Embiid, meaning there should be no shortage of entertainment.

Detroit closes the week with a Sunday afternoon matinee against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Best Games of the Week

Monday, Dec. 3: Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns

Wednesday, Dec. 5: LA Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies

Friday, Dec. 7: Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Hornets

Saturday, Dec. 8: Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks

Sunday, Dec. 9: Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs

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