NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, March 19th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Pistons (25-41) at Denver Nuggets (30-37), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets have won three of their last four and
will try to carry that momentum into Wednesday night's tilt with the Detroit
Pistons at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets have won three in a row at home and closed a recent southern swing
with wins over the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The only loss in the last
week came in Atlanta on Saturday.
Denver's return home was a great one thanks to a 110-100 victory on Monday
over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets win halted an 11-game winning
streak for the Clips.
J.J. Hickson provided 21 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Nuggets.
All five Nuggets starters scored in double digits, with Kenneth Faried
supplying 18 points and 16 rebounds and Ty Lawson adding 19 points, including
eight during a game-ending 14-2 run.
"Overall, good job by our team today to holding this team [Clippers], which
was the hottest team in the NBA, to coming in and breaking their streak at 11
games and holding them to 39 percent shooting [and] 24 percent from three,"
Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said.
The Pistons embark on a four-game western trip with stops in Phoenix, Los
Angeles (Clippers) and Utah after Wednesday's matchup with the Nuggets.
Detroit has been struggling of late, losing two straight, five of six and nine
of 11. Despite all of these woes, the Pistons are just 5 1/2 games behind the
eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit's most recent setback came Friday night at home against the Indiana
Pacers. The Pistons let one slip by as they fell to the Central Division
leaders by a 112-104 count in overtime.
The Pistons led by as many as 25 points in the first half, but fell in
Josh Smith recorded 23 points in the loss, the 12th in 15 games for the fading
Pistons. Rodney Stuckey added 19 points and Greg Monroe had 17 along with a
game-high 13 rebounds.
"Give credit to (Indiana), they didn't stop fighting," said Smith. "We
competed tonight, but it was a little frustrating that we fell short with how
well we played in the first half."
Andre Drummond left in the fourth quarter with a neck injury and he won't be
available on Wednesday.
The Pistons bested the Nuggets in Detroit on Feb. 8 to snap a six-game losing
streak to Denver. The Nuggets have won four in a row as the host in this
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