NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 7th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (42-33) at Detroit Pistons (25-52), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls can still improve their positioning in
the Eastern Conference playoff race and look to resume a dominant winning
streak against the Detroit Pistons Sunday night at The Palace.
The Bulls are fifth in the East, 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn and 1 1/2 games
ahead of Atlanta, and have ripped off 18 straight wins over the Pistons.
Chicago is 23-2 in the past 25 meetings with the Central rival Pistons, who
have lost eight straight to the Bulls at home.
Chicago is coming off Friday's 87-86 victory over the Orlando Magic as Nate
Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the way.
Luol Deng also had 19 points for Chicago, which trailed by five with 10
minutes to play before using 18-4 run to take an 87-78 lead with 3:51 left.
"We played as hard as we could for as long as we could and we pulled out the
victory," said Robinson.
The Bulls have won six of eight games and will try to improve their 20-17 road
record. Carlos Boozer came up short on a double-double with 12 points and nine
rebounds, and owns seven double-doubles in the last nine games.
Chicago is 31-14 against the East this season and hopes to have center Joakim
Noah and guard Marco Belinelli against the Pistons. Noah (foot) has missed
eight straight games and Belinelli (abdomen) has missed seven in a row.
Detroit is back home for a short stay and went 1-3 on a recent road trip,
which culminated with Saturday's 107-101 loss at Minnesota.
Brandon Knight scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey netted 20 for the Pistons,
who have lost 15 of the last 17 contests.
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank witnessed Wolves coach Rick Adelman notch the
1,000th victory of his career.
"It's phenomenal. It's unbelievable. I will say it for the millionth time, he
was one of the most underrated coaches in this game," Frank said. "He is a
phenomenal teacher. For him to do it at every single stop with the consistency
he has done, he is a tremendous coach."
Detroit will try to stop an eight-game slide at home and is 15-23 at The
Palace of Auburn Hills this season.
Pistons guard Will Bynum has missed six straight games with a hand injury and
is questionable versus the Bulls. The Pistons haven't beaten the Bulls since
Dec. 23, 2008, a 104-98 victory at home.
04/07 10:42:33 ET