NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 27th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (42-15) at Utah Jazz (36-21), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons hope to continue their winning ways when they visit the Utah Jazz tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 25th, Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to drive the Jazz to a win over the Pistons, 103-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Jazz have won five in a row in the series. Detroit has lost four straight after winning its last two at Utah.
Detroit plays the third of a four-game road trip tonight. Chauncey Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and hit some big shots down the stretch to lift the Pistons to a 98-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday at the Pepsi Center.
Billups, who made all seven of his foul shots, also had eight assists for the Pistons, who have won three in a row and 13 of their last 15 games overall. Tayshaun Prince added 20 points and nine assists, while Richard Hamilton totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Pistons, who will visit the Clippers on Saturday at the Staples Center in the finale of the trek, are a solid 20-10 on the road this season.
The Jazz have won 14 straight and 16 of 17 as the host. This is Utah's longest home winning streak since capturing 20 straight, from the end of 1997-98 season to the beginning of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.
Utah attempts to rebound from a surprising loss. On Tuesday, Al Jefferson poured in 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, leading a balanced Minnesota offense that featured four scorers with more than 20 points, as the Timberwolves topped the Jazz, 111-100, at Target Center.
Boozer paced Utah with 34 points and eight rebounds, while Deron Williams finished with 18 points and nine assists for Utah, which had its three-game winning streak against Minnesota halted.
Mehmet Okur collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Matt Harpring chipped in 10 points for the Jazz, who have dropped two of their last three games overall.
The Jazz are 24-3 at home this season. They will visit Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.
02/27 11:13:52 ET