NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 25th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (33-19) at Los Angeles Lakers (28-24), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Detroit Pistons go for their sixth straight win, as they start an important six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. It will mark a rematch of last season's NBA Finals.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On February 10th, the Pistons crushed the Lakers, 103-81, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Overall, the home team has won the last six meetings in this series. Detroit has won two straight and three of the last four contests, while the Lakers have won 10 of 13 and 17 of the last 21 games.
Detroit has lost six straight and nine of its last 10 regular season tilts at the Lakers. The last time the Pistons were victorious as the visitor against the Lakers in a regular season game was on January 19, 1997. Detroit did win Game 1 at the Staples Center in the Finals last season.
The Pistons will also visit the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings on their current road swing. On Tuesday, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each scored 19 points to lead Detroit over the New York Knicks, 97-88, at The Palace.
Chauncey Billups finished with 15 points and eight assists in the win over New York for the Pistons, while Rasheed Wallace tallied 12 points, eight boards and four blocks for Detroit, which had a streak of four straight wins by 18 or more points halted.
Detroit is 30-12 when it allows under 100 points this season.
Pistons head coach Larry Brown missed Tuesday's game with the flu. His team didn't miss a beat, however, winning for the 10th time in 11 outings. Assistant Gar Heard led the Detroit in Brown's absence, and the Pistons captured their seventh straight win at home.
The Pistons are 13-12 as the visitor this season. Detroit has won three of its last four on the road.
The Lakers attempt to win their fourth straight game tonight. On Wednesday, All-Star Kobe Bryant poured in 31 points to lead Los Angeles to an 86-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Bryant made all 13 of his free-throw attempts for the Lakers, who made 18-of-20 shots from the charity stripe to earn their third straight win.
Tierre Brown ended with 11 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting in the win over the Trail Blazers, while Lamar Odom pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the triumph.
The Lakers are 24-3 when they allow under 100 points this season.
LA, which has won two straight at the Staples Center, is 19-10 as the host this season.
On the injury front, Detroit forward Darvin Ham (calf) is questionable for tonight's game, while Lakers' forward Caron Butler (flu) is also questionable.
02/25 10:11:30 ET