Both teams had to travel to Detroit after Friday night games on the road, so grinding through the fatigue of travel and back-to-back games will be key for the winner. The Pistons are coming off of a discouraging 23-point loss in Philadelphia after Lawrence Frank was forced to shake up the lineup by starting Austin Daye and rookie point guard Brandon Knight with Rodney Stuckey (groin injury) and Ben Gordon (personal) unavailable for the game.
Stuckey expects to miss the game against Detroit tonight, as well with a lingering groin injury while Gordon's status won't be known until game time. Greg Monroe led the way for the Pistons with 22 points and 7 rebounds and will need to be strong against the Knicks to give Detroit a chance to win.
The Knicks rallied Friday night to beat the Washington Wizards 99-96, thanks to a 37-point effort from Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks front court asserted themselves, as well with Amare Stoudemire adding 23 points and 12 rebounds and Tyson Chandler finishing with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Keeping the lid on that trio of New York front court players will be priority one for the Pistons when the game tips off at 7:30 p.m ET.