NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 21st (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (8-17) at Detroit Pistons (18-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons attempt to extend their winning streak to four games when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies tonight to The Palace of Auburn Hills.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On December 11th, Chauncey Billups scored 28 points and dished out 14 assists to lead the Pistons over Memphis, 113-103, at FedExForum.
The Pistons have won five in a row in the series. Memphis has dropped two in a row in the Motor City.
Detroit plays the first of a two-game homestand tonight. Billups drew a foul on Tony Allen with one-tenth of a second remaining and sank both free throws to boost the Pistons to an 87-85 win over mighty Boston at TD Banknorth Garden. Billups had 12 of his game-high 28 points in the final quarter, as the Pistons beat the Celtics for the ninth straight time and handed them their first loss at home this season (12-1).
Billups, who went 10-of-11 from the foul line, also had eight assists for Detroit, which won its third straight and moved to 10-2 in its last 12 contests overall. Richard Hamilton ended with 21 points, while Antonio McDyess chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Boston for Detroit.
The Pistons are 9-2 at home this season. They will host Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets on Sunday at The Palace.
The Grizzlies are also fresh off a big victory. Rudy Gay's buzzer-beating three-pointer in the face of Tim Duncan was Memphis' only field goal in the final seven minutes as the Grizzlies recovered from blowing a 23-point second- half lead to outlast the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs, 88-85, on Wednesday at the FedExForum.
Gay finished with 23 points in the win, while Mike Miller hit five threes of his own on his way to a game-high 31 points for Memphis, which won for the second time in three games overall.
Memphis is 3-9 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, the Grizzlies will return home for a three-game stand. They will host Philadelphia, New Orleans and Houston on the upcoming stand.
On the injury front for Memphis, forward Pau Gasol has missed the last four contests with a sore right big toe. Gasol is averaging 17.3 points and a team- best 7.7 rebounds per game this season. He is questionable for tonight's game.
12/21 10:57:55 ET