With the East so wide open this game could be an early feature of two teams that could make some noise in the conference. The Detroit Pistons are still looking like one of the top defensive units in the league, but they are also starting to get a little up there in age. Power Forward Rasheed Wallace is entering his 12th NBA season, and will be counted on to score a little more than usual. Wallace, while known for his ability to earn technical fouls is actually more known for his willingness to take a lesser roll so his teammates can shine. Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton are also back. Both of them are largely considered to be two of the most underrated players in the league.

The Miami Heat will have to start the season without superstar Dwayne Wade. It is unknown when Wade will return from his shoulder injury, but stepping into his starting position will be NBA vet Ricky Davis. With the absence of Wade, this means that the aging Shaquille OíNeal will have to step up his production. If they could also get some production from bench players such as Penny Hardaway and Smush Parker, it will give some relief to the Heat as they wait to get healthy.

Itís hard to predict NBA games so early, but with the injuries to the Heat, I feel the Pistons will win this one even though they are playing in Miami.

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