The good news for the Detroit Pistons is they have played two straight quality games against quality opponents. The bad news is they have lost both and the latter came in overtime fashion less than 24 hours away from Saturday night's game vs. the 13-6 76ers.
Both of those tough losses came at home for the Pistons and now they hit the road to Philadelphia, where Detroit already lost earlier this season by 23 points, 96-73. Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Sixers.
Philly is currently tops in the Atlantic Division, four games ahead of the Boston Celtics. Detroit has only won one road game this season.
The Pistons will again be without Tayshaun Prince, who is dealing with a family matter, Ben Gordon (shoulder), Will Bynum (foot), and Charlie Villanueva (ankle).
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