NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 20th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (54-27) at Charlotte Bobcats (17-64), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Central Division champion Detroit Pistons will try to continue their red hot play this evening, when they finish up their regular season campaign versus the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Charlotte Coliseum.
Detroit has ripped off a season-high 11 consecutive victories, including a 95-68 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Tuesday. Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Darko Milicic added a career-high 16 in his first NBA start for the Pistons.
Ben Wallace had 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who led wire-to-wire. Carlos Arroyo chipped in 11 points off the bench in the victory.
The Pistons did without the services of starters Richard Hamilton (laceration over left eye) and Rasheed Wallace (sore left hamstring). It is likely that Pistons coach Larry Brown will hold Hamilton and Wallace out of tonight's contest as a precaution.
Detroit shot 55.6 percent from the field in the win, while limiting the Hawks to 32.9 percent shooting. The Pistons outrebounded the Hawks, 49-42, in the victory.
The Pistons, who are finishing the regular season on the road, are 22-18 in foreign buildings. Detroit has split its last 12 road contests.
Detroit will either face Philadelphia or Indiana in the opening round of the playoffs.
Charlotte has dropped its last three contests, including a 99-80 defeat to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night. Keith Bogans, Jason Kapono and Malik Allen all had 14 points apiece to lead the Bobcats in the defeat. Matt Carroll chipped in 11 points in the contest.
Charlotte Rookie of the Year candidate Emeka Okafor had only eight points and nine rebounds in limited action. Okafor is struggling with a thigh contusion.
Charlotte's Primoz Brezec (right ankle) and Bernard Robinson (left foot) did not play. Brezec and Robinson are questionable for this evening's contest.
The Bobcats shot 40 percent from the field, including only 1-of-12 (.083) from three-point range. Charlotte hit 19-of-26 (.731) from the free throw line in the contest.
Charlotte, which has lost nine of 12 and 11 of its last 15 home games, is 13-27 in its friendly confines.
This is the first matchup between these teams since a home-and-home set in November. Detroit posted a 117-116 overtime victory over the Bobcats at the Palace, while Charlotte tallied a 91-89 win at the Coliseum.
04/20 10:09:06 ET