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Wednesday, March 29th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (56-14) at Philadelphia 76ers (32-37), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons will try to make it two straight wins tonight when they visit the struggling Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.

The Pistons met their match on Tuesday, defeating the Dallas Mavericks by a 97-90 score at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Chauncey Billups netted 31 points and Rasheed Wallace added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 17 of their last 18 games at home.

Richard Hamilton scored 14 points and Ben Wallace donated eight points and 11 rebounds for the Central Division-champion Pistons, who continue to sit on top of the Eastern Conference.

Detroit recently had its 16-game home winning streak stopped on Sunday against New Jersey.

Detroit will now hit the road where it is 3-1 in its four games. The Pistons are 25-11 on the road this season.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, has dropped two straight and six of seven.

The Sixers are fading fast from the postseason picture and barely hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They are just two games ahead of Chicago and four in front of Boston for the eighth spot.

On Sunday, Allen Iverson recorded a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists in a 92-79 loss to Indiana. Chris Webber netted 24 points.

Philadelphia is 1-4 in its last five home games and 20-15 at the Wachovia Center this season.

Detroit leads the season series with Philly 2-0 and has won seven of the last eight meetings. The Pistons have won eight of 12 in the series.

The Pistons have won five of their last eight trips to Philadelphia.

03/29 12:36:34 ET


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