Pistons welcome Sixers to The Palace
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons play first of a short two-game
homestand when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers today to The Palace of
The Pistons are 3-0 against the Sixers this season, and have won six in a row
in the series. Philadelphia has lost five straight and six of its last seven
Detroit has won the Central Division and is the top seed for the Eastern
Conference playoffs. On Friday, Anthony Parker poured in 21 points and grabbed
seven rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors over the Pistons, 87-84, at Air
Richard Hamilton scored a game-high 24 points for the Pistons, who had a
three-game winning streak halted. Carlos Delfino ended with 11 points, while
Antonio McDyess netted 10 for the Pistons.
Chauncey Billups, who is averaging 17.4 points and a team-best 7.2 assists
this season, did not play against Toronto. Billups (sore right thigh) is
questionable for today’s contest.
The Pistons are 25-14 at home this season. They will host the Toronto Raptors
on Tuesday and will wrap up their regular-season schedule on Wednesday against
the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
Philadelphia tries to get back on the winning track. On Saturday, Dwight
Howard poured in 35 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five assists as
the Orlando Magic cruised past the Sixers, 104-87, at the Wachovia Center.
Andre Miller netted 18 and pulled down eight boards for the Sixers, who had a
three-game winning streak halted and were officially eliminated from playoff
contention. Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Louis Williams each chipped in 14
points in defeat.
On the injury front for Philadelphia, Forwards Iguodala (strained lower back)
and Korver (partially torn tendon in right wrist) are expected to miss today’s
game. Iguodala leads the Sixers in scoring (18.2 ppg).
The Sixers are 12-27 on the road this season. They will finish their season on
Wednesday against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.