NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 4th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (44-31) at Detroit Pistons (48-26), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls wrap up a short two-game road trip tonight when they pay a visit to the Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Chicago is 4 1/2 games off Detroit's lead in the division, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are second in the standings at 3 1/2 games back. The Bulls posted their fifth win in six tries with Sunday's 105-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Luol Deng poured in a game-high 30 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich added 22 points for the playoff-bound Bulls, who have won two straight on the road and are 16-21 as the visitor this season. Ben Gordon scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in the winning cause.
Chicago is fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In injury news for the Bulls, guard Adrian Griffin (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Detroit.
Detroit, meanwhile, has won three in a row and will open a two-game homestand this evening versus Chicago. In Tuesday's 100-85 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Conseco Fieldhouse, Tayshaun Prince tallied a game-high 24 points to lead the top team in the East.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Chauncey Billups ended with 11 points and four assists for the playoff-bound Pistons, winners of five of their last six games. Rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber both added 10 points in the win. Wallace is questionable for tonight with a hyperextended left pointer finger.
The Pistons, who will host the division-rival Cavaliers, on Sunday and are 23-13 at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season.
Wednesday's game between Chicago and Detroit is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The Bulls are 2-1 so far in the season series, but Detroit has won six of the last eight meetings.
Chicago has lost three straight and seven of its last nine trips to the Motor City.
04/04 10:39:53 ET