After losing three consecutive road games against Western Conference teams, the Pistons were greeted at home on Friday night by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat whose stifling defense handed Detroit their fourth straight loss.
Now the Pistons face the resurgent Knicks in Madison Square Garden the night after New York ended their five-game winning streak with a double-digit loss in Toronto. Following a coaching change with Mike Woodson taking over the team, the Knicks were rolling with a renewed emphasis on defense and team play, but a zone defense by the Raptors threw the the Knicks out of sync on Friday night.
The Pistons have the backcourt options to match up with the Knicks but will need a bounce-back game from center Greg Monroe after he was held to just five points against Miami.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.