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Friday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (11-10) at Detroit Pistons (16-3), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Central Division rivals meet tonight, as the Detroit Pistons welcome the Chicago Bulls to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 3rd, Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points to lead Detroit past Chicago, 92-79, at the United Center. Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 11 assists in the victory for the Pistons, while Tayshaun Prince also scored 17 points.

The Pistons have won two straight and three of the last four meetings in this series. Chicago has won two straight after losing its last four at Detroit.

Chicago plays the finale of a brief two-game road trip. On Wednesday, Darius Songaila scored 18 points to lead a well-balanced attack, as the Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors, 105-94, at the Air Canada Centre.

Chris Duhon added 16 points and Luol Deng finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the win over Toronto for the Bulls, who have won two of their last three games overall and have beaten the Raptors 10 straight times. The Bulls shot 57.8 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from three-point range.

The Bulls are 7-5 on the road this season. After tonight's game. Chicago returns home to host the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Detroit plays the second of a two-game homestand. On Wednesday, Richard Hamilton poured in 36 points and Billups contributed 28 points and a career- high 19 assists, as the Pistons ran past the Sacramento Kings, 109-98, at The Palace.

Wallace added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Prince contributed 13 points in the win over the Kings for Detroit, which has won seven of its last eight contests overall. Ben Wallace had a solid defensive effort with a season-high 17 rebounds, along with five blocks and four steals.

Billups had an outstanding game offensively on Wednesday, going 10-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point range.

The Pistons are 6-1 at home this season. They have won two in a row at The Palace.

12/16 10:23:57 ET


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