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Friday, January 29th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (23-22) at Detroit Pistons (15-29), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of disappointing teams get together Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills, where the Miami Heat will pay a visit to the homestanding Detroit Pistons.

Miami has lost two in a row and opened a three-game road trip with Wednesday's 111-103 setback at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 10 assists for the Heat, who played the majority of the game without forward Michael Beasley. The former Kansas State standout suffered a hyperextended right knee in the first quarter.

"Tonight they just had more bullets than we did," Wade said. "They are a tough team, especially at home. They always have guys that step up and make big shots when it counts here."

Beasley is averaging 16.0 points and 6.7 boards per game, and is listed as doubtful for tonight's tilt with Detroit. Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and Udonis Haslem added 16 and 11 boards in defeat.

The Heat, who have dropped three of five games, will also visit the Bucks on the road swing and are 10-11 away from south Florida this season.

Detroit has lost three in a row and four of five games, and will resume a six- game homestand Friday night. In a 99-93 loss versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Rodney Stuckey ended with 17 points and 11 assists for the Pistons, who are last in the Central standings and 11-12 at home this season.

Richard Hamilton chipped in 16 points and 10 assists, as the Pistons fell to 1-3 on a six-game homestand. Detroit will close out the residency versus Orlando on Sunday.

"When you lose games that way it's tough," Hamilton said. "We lost the game on easy opportunities. It's a hard pill to swallow."

Pistons guards Will Bynum (ankle) and Ben Gordon (groin) are both questionable for tonight's game against the Heat. Gordon has missed eight straight games and Bynum hasn't played since December 27th, missing 14 consecutive contests.

The Heat went 3-1 against the Pistons a season ago, but Detroit has won nine of the last 13 meetings between the teams. Miami has lost 12 of 15 and 15 of its last 20 games at The Palace.

01/29 10:42:45 ET

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