Pistons open trek against Denver
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons begin a five-game road trip this
evening when they take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
The Pistons come into tonight’s tilt as losers in two straight and three of
their last four after falling to Cleveland, 101-97, in overtime on Wednesday.
The Pistons haven’t lost three in a row since a three-game slide from December
Richard Hamilton scored 29 points and Chris Webber netted 20 with 11 boards
for the Pistons, who saw their advantage over the Cavaliers in both the
Central Division and Eastern Conference dip to two games.
Prior to the game, Detroit guard Lindsey Hunter was issued a 10-game
suspension without pay by the league for testing positive for phentermine, a
substance banned by the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. He won’t be eligible to
return until the Pistons’ March 25 game at Milwaukee.
Detroit is 18-10 on the road this season and will also visit the Clippers,
SuperSonics, Trail Blazers and Suns.
Denver was without Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday and lost to Golden State,
110-96. Anthony missed the game due to the birth of his son. Allen Iverson
tried to shoulder the load with 35 points, but couldn’t prevent the Nuggets
from losing for the sixth time in nine games.
Iverson didn’t receive much help as DerMarr Johnson was the next closest
contributor with 15 points.
Anthony is probable for tonight’s game.
Denver is 16-16 at home on the year and will visit Sacramento on Sunday before
starting a three-game homestand. The Nuggets are seventh overall in the West,
2 1/2 games back of the Lakers for sixth in the standings.
Detroit and Denver have met twice in each of the last two seasons and split
those matchups. However, that string was proceeded by dominance by the
Pistons, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.