Preview: Pistons visit slumping Pacers

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:04:03 PM EST


The Indiana Pacers will try to avoid a season-high fourth consecutive loss when they return home from a four-game road trip to host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

The Pacers dropped the last three games of their Western Conference road trip, including a 102-101 defeat at Denver on Monday. They'll have a chance to get back on track with four straight at home, where they are 16-3 this season and have won 11 straight.

Detroit has lost three of four after getting dominated in the second half of a 117-90 home loss against Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Pistons won their last road game, 104-102 at Orlando on Sunday, and are shooting for back-to-back wins away from home for the first time all season. The Pacers have won the last two meetings and 11 of the last 14, including an 88-77 win at Detroit in the first meeting this season.

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Detroit has four players scoring in double digits with big man Greg Monroe (15.6 points, 9.1 rebounds) leading the way. Point guard Brandon Knight (14 points, 4.3 assists) is having a solid season, and veterans Tayshaun Prince (11.7 points) and Rodney Stuckey (11.3 points) also average in double figures. Rookie center Andre Drummond (7.6 points, 7.6 rebounds) continues to show rapid improvement, and he had his best game yet Tuesday with 18 points and 18 rebounds.


Indiana allowed more than 100 points in each of the last three games on its road trip, but that has been a rarity for the Pacers at home, where they give up an average of 85.7 points and have held their last seven opponents under 100. The Pacers have a strong trio of scorers in first-time All-Star Paul George (17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds), big man David West (16.8 points, 7.7 rebounds) and point guard George Hill (14.6 points, 4.9 assists).

Drummond joined Dwight Howard as the only players under age 20 to record 18 points and 18 rebounds in a game since 1985-86.

The Pacers are 20-3 when holding an opponent under 90 points.

Prince's next 3-pointer will be the 500th of his career.


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