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Preview: 76ers at Pistons

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 01 2014 01:49:51 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2014 01:49:52 AM CST

The Detroit Pistons got plenty of time off this week thanks to a postponement in Atlanta on Wednesday and will finally get a chance to extend their winning streak to a whole two games when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Pistons snapped a four-game slide with a 103-87 win over Orlando on Tuesday to close out January with a 4-8 mark. The 76ers have dropped 11 of 14 after losing a 125-99 decision to the Hawks on Friday.Detroit had allowed an average of 108.8 points during its four-game slide but turned in its best defensive performance of the month with a strong effort on the boards against the Magic. Philadelphia has its own issues on the defensive end and leads the NBA in average points allowed. The 76ers surrendered an average of 114.5 points in dropping each of the first two meetings with the Pistons this season, including a 115-100 trashing at Detroit on Dec. 1.TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN DetroitABOUT THE 76ERS (15-32): Philadelphia knocked off the Boston Celtics on Evan Turner's last-second layup on Wednesday but could not carry that momentum to Friday and was smashed by the Hawks. The 95-94 triumph in Boston marked the lone time in the last nine games that the 76ers allowed less than 100 points and that sort of defensive effort has been a rarity for Philadelphia as it slumps toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The offense shows signs of something the team can build around but Turner, who leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points, struggles to consistently produce and posted only six points against the Hawks.ABOUT THE PISTONS (18-27): Andre Drummond posted 13 points and 17 rebounds in the win over the Magic to bounce back after a poor performance in the previous contest. "Everybody is entitled to have an off-night," Drummond told reporters. "I had to come out and play with a lot more energy (against Orlando) than I had the night before." Drummond had one of his best games against the Philadelphia front line, posting a career-high 31 points to go along with 19 rebounds and six steals in the last meeting against the 76ers. Drummond leads the Eastern Conference and ranks second in the NBA with 33 double-doubles.BUZZER BEATERS1. Detroit has taken five of the last six in the series, including three in a row at home.2. Philadelphia G Michael Carter-Williams is struggling to 34.5 percent shooing in the last four games.3. Pistons G Brandon Jennings is averaging 26 points in four games since being held scoreless on Jan. 20.PREDICTION: Pistons 108, 76ers 101


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