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Wednesday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (17-24) at Detroit Pistons (23-18), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Denver Nuggets to the Palace at Auburn Hills.

The reigning champs' slide comes on the heels of a six-game winning streak.

On Monday the Pistons dropped an 86-83 contest in Minnesota. Chauncey Billups compiled 22 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who have scored over 100 points only seven times this season.

Rasheed Wallace finished with 16 points and Ben Wallace had 11 along with 13 boards in defeat.

Detroit played without leading scorer Richard Hamilton, who sat out with a bruised right thigh, while starting forward Tayshaun Prince left after spraining an ankle three minutes into the game. The two players, as well as guard Lindsey Hunter (back), are questionable for tonight's contest.

The Pistons, who have won four of their last five at the Palace, will visit Indiana on Thursday.

Denver, meanwhile, has lost two straight, including Tuesday's 111-107 setback in Chicago. The Bulls Eddie Curry burned the Nuggets by scoring 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony paced Denver with 32 points, including 15 in the final 12 minutes. Nene, who returned from a four-game suspension, chipped in 19 points and Earl Boykins ended with 16 for the Nuggets, who have lost two straight and nine of their last 12 games. Andre Miller collected 15 points and 11 assists in the loss.

On the injury front, Denver's Marcus Camby missed the game with a sprained left ankle.

The Nuggets, who are 4-9 since interim coach Michael Cooper took over on the bench, will visit Milwaukee on Friday.

Denver defeated Detroit, 117-109, in Colorado on November 11 to snap a seven- game series losing streak.

The Nuggets have lost in their last eight trips to Motown, dating back to March 10, 1995.

01/26 10:30:16 ET


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