NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 1st (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (4-19) at New Jersey Nets (7-15), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons hope to solve their road issues tonight in the finale of a four-game trek against the New Jersey Nets.
Detroit is 0-3 so far on the road trip and has lost six straight as the guest, including Tuesday�s 113-86 setback at New York in which Knicks star Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup to score 25 points.
Jonas Jerebko scored 15 points, while Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, losers of six straight overall and 10 of 11 games. Detroit is just 1-11 as the guest.
"We have little chance to win when teams are shooting 50 percent from the field or 60 percent from the field," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank.
Frank's club will play its third straight game tonight in Newark, NJ. Frank, of course, coached the Nets from 2004 until early on in the 2009-10 season.
The Nets have dropped back-to-back games since a season-high two-game winning streak and hope to improve on their 2-6 home record tonight.
In Tuesday's 106-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Deron Williams netted a game- high 34 points and Anthony Morrow added a season- high 28 points for New Jersey.
"You don't want to get down 18 points and have to try to fight back, especially against a good team like this. That's hard to do," Williams told the team's website. "We battled back and cut it to three, I think, but just weren't able to get over that hump."
Nets guard MarShon Brooks did not play due to a broken right little toe and forward Mehmet Okur missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back. DeShawn Stevenson is also hampered with a knee issue.
New Jersey and Detroit split four meetings a season ago, while the Pistons have won 13 of the past 18 matchups in this series. However, Detroit has lost three straight and five of its last six at New Jersey.
02/01 10:53:34 ET