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The winless Detroit Pistons, who started their season with a 105 to 96 loss dealt by the Rockets, will head to Houston tonight to try to even the count. Andre Drummond has really come alive for the Pistons; the ninth pick in the 2012 NBA draft had 22 points and 8 rebounds in his 22 minutes against the Thunder last night.

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

2012/2013 NBA Season
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November 10th, 2012
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
7:00 PM CST
CSNH, FSDT
Starting Lineups
Brandon Knight PG Jeremy Lin
Rodney Stuckey SG James Harden
Tayshaun Prince SF Chandler Parsons
Jason Maxiell PF Patrick Patterson
Greg Monroe C Omer Asik
2012/13 Advanced Stats
91.7 (23rd of 30) Pace 93.7 (14th of 30)
101.5 (20th of 30) ORtg 98.5 (26th of 30)
113.5 (29th of 30) DRtg 100.1 (10th of 30)
Also see: Detroit Bad Boys (GameThread, Twitter) | StoryStream

Questions to Consider:

With Kevin McHale out dealing with a personal issue, will Kelvin Sampson be able to get the Rockets to cut down on the turnovers and isolation play?

The Detroit Pistons do not have an established defender in their backcourt. Will the Detroit's lack of permitter pressure mean a return to dominance for James Harden who has struggled during his past three games?

Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin both had short spurts of greatness last night. Can Parsons and Lin string together two game-long solid performances against a weaker team?

Will the Houston Rockets listen to their starting poing guard when he calls a high pick and roll during an important part of the fourth quarter?

Details on Kevin McHale's leave of absence here.

Royce White and Scott Machado remain inactive tonight.