March 12, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) dribbles up court during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
The Pistons and Cavaliers occupy the bottom two spots in the Central Division standings. They'll square off Tuesday trying to stay out of the division cellar.
Detroit, 22-38, holds a 1.5-game lead over Cleveland in the Central Division. That lead would be bigger but the Pistons have lost five of six coming in, the lone win coming against the 7-53 Charlotte Bobcats, whose losing streak now sits at 17.
There are, though, a few silver linings.
First, rookie guard Brandon Knight is averaging 19.7 points and 7.3 assists over his last three, a marked improvement from his season averages of 12.8 and 3.8.
Also, the Pistons held a fourth-quarter lead over the Chicago Bulls in their last game before falling in overtime. A loss is a loss, sure, but the previous three had come by an average of 23 points, so it was a step in the right direction.
The Cavaliers, 20-39, have been without star rookie Kyrie Irving for eight straight games, going 3-5 over that stretch. Irving is doubtful for Tuesday's game.
The Pistons are 1-2 against the Cavs this season.
Tuesday's game starts at 7:30 ET.