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2012 NBA schedule: Pistons host Trail Blazers, Suns this week

The Detroit Pistons look to stay in the win column against the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns this week at home.


After dropping the first eight games of the 2012-13 season, the Detroit Pistons have won three of their last six and look to continue their turnaround toward success this week against the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns.

Greg Monroe has been a monster for the Pistons this season, leading the team in points, rebounds and steals. In their three wins this season, Monroe is averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince also average double-digit points for the Pistons, while Knight leads the team in assists with 6.1 per game.

Detroit plays a two-game home stretch before traveling to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons, Monday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit

Portland comes to Detroit fresh off a 98-85 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Sunday, in which LaMarcus Aldridge did not play due to a stiff back. Aldridge, who averages 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game is expected to play Monday. Even with Aldridge, the Trail Blazers could have a tough time defending Greg Monroe Monday night, as they are the second-worst rebounding team and third-worst defensive team in the NBA.

Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit

The Suns travel to Detroit to face the Pistons for the second time this season. In their first matchup, Phoenix won, 92-89, behind the comeback effort of wingman Shannon Brown, dropping the Pistons to 0-2 on their way to an 0-8 start. Brown was the hero in early November, but Goran Dragic is the man in Phoenix. He leads the Suns in most categories, averaging 16 points, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Marcin Gortat owns the other categories with 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per contest.