This one should have a familiar feel to it for the Detroit Pistons, who played against and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks already on Monday. Detroit have lost seven straight including all four of a road trip, slumping their way to a 4-20 record in the beginnings of the short NBA season.
Milwaukee are quite hot right now, being the only team in the league so far this year to beat the Miami Heat twice, which they did in their last game thanks to some heroics by Brandon Jennings. While Detroit are on a terrible seven game slide, Milwaukee are trying for a four game winning streak that would not only signal the first such streak in years for the Bucks but would also take them back to .500.
Fortunately for Detroit they'll be able to start a homestand with this game, with 12 of their next 17 games at The Palace of Auburn Hills. They may have only won three games at home so far this season but with their absolutely abysmal road record it will be a welcome change, especially as they can look forward to inviting the equally awful New Orleans Hornets into their home on Saturday.
First though, they'll have to get past this hot Bucks team who will be itching to reach .500 and claw their way up to an NBA playoff spot. Guys like Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince -- both of whom had over 20 points in their loss to the New Jersey Nets -- will need to step up and start putting points on the board if the Pistons want to avoid a repeat of Monday's game, when Detroit lost in Milwaukee 103-82.
The game will be at The Palace at 7:30 PM ET.
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