NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 26th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (50-20) at Toronto Raptors (35-35), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons travel to Toronto to face the Raptors tonight at Air Canada Centre.
Detroit is 2-0 against the Raptors this season and has captured three in a row and 10 of the last 12 meetings in the series.
The Pistons are scheduled to host Toronto at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 13.
Detroit is No. 2 in the Eastern Conference playoff race and is closing in on capturing the Central Division crown, while Toronto is No. 7 and a half-game behind the sixth-seeded Sixers.
The Pistons are fresh off an overtime victory at home over Phoenix. Rasheed Wallace drained four three-pointers in the first quarter and collected a key block of Amare Stoudemire late in overtime as Detroit downed the Suns, 110-105, on Monday at The Palace.
Wallace scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Chauncey Billups poured in a team-high 32 points and dished out six assists for the Pistons, who stopped a two-game skid and reached the 50-win plateau for the seventh straight season.
All-Star guard Richard Hamilton (sore left hip) did not play against the Suns and is questionable for tonight's contest. Hamilton is averaging a team-best 17.7 points per game this season for Detroit.
The Pistons are 22-14 as the visitor this season. They will host the Miami Heat on Thursday and the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at The Palace.
Toronto plays the second of a four-game homestand tonight. The Raptors are 20-14 at home this season and will host New York on Friday and New Orleans on Sunday.
In the Raptors' most recent game, Denver All-Stars Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony both eclipsed the 30-point mark and the Nuggets notched an important comeback win, escaping Toronto with a 109-100 victory this past Sunday.
Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon led a balanced offensive attack with 17 points apiece for the Raptors, who had each of their seven top scorers finish in double-figures. Bosh also pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out a career-high nine assists -- coming up just one assist shy of his first career triple- double.
03/26 11:05:27 ET