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Pistons Vs. Celtics Preview: Detroit Will Have Hands Full Against Short-Handed Boston

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The Detroit Pistons experienced a brief moment of feeling like they're on the right track at the beginning of February, when they shrugged off a six-game losing streak to win four-straight, taking wins over Mulwaukee, New Orleans and a home-and-home over New Jersey. Unfortunately, they've lost two-straight, including one to a team in a worse position than they're in.

That team is the Washington Wizards, who prevailed 98-77 on Sunday, which the Pistons followed up with a 99-95 loss to the Spurs. Now, they've got another tough test ahead of them as they take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Boston might not be in the best position so far this season, getting off to a rocky start with eight losses over their first 12 games, but have now won 10 of their last 13.

Boston did lose two games in a row, during a back-to-back on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, dropping games to the Lakers and the Raptors. Their last outing was an impressive 95-91 win over the Chicago Bulls, though, and they should be riding a bit of momentum as they take on the Pistons before taking on the Bulls again. ...Which is before they take on Detroit again.

Rajon Rondo will likely be the guy to watch out for, as the Celtics may be without Kevin Garnett, on top of multiple injuries to other players. It helps that the Pistons are just 2-12 on the road this season. It's an uphill battle for them, even against a short-handed Celtics squad. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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