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Preview: Brooklyn At Detroit

When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 9, 2016
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

The one and only time the Detroit Pistons were dropped below .500 this season, it was courtesy of a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Pistons have recovered rather nicely from that early-season defeat and seek a bit of payback when the teams meet Saturday in Detroit.

The Nets held the Pistons to a season-low 33.7 percent mark from the floor and won the fourth quarter by 12 points en route to an 87-83 win at Brooklyn on Nov. 29, dropping Detroit to 8-9. The Pistons have gone 12-7 since and have back-to-back wins under their belt, including a 99-94 victory at Boston on Wednesday. A 17-point first quarter and a 15-point fourth quarter hurt the Nets in an 83-77 loss to Orlando on Friday, their ninth consecutive home defeat. Brook Lopez led four players in double figures with 17 points for Brooklyn, which has dropped three in a row since losing point guard Jarrett Jack to a torn ACL.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE NETS (10-26): Shane Larkin replaced Jarrett in the starting lineup and has been progressing slowly, scoring 12 points against Orlando for his first double-digit effort in nearly a month. Fellow starting guard Bojan Bogdanovic is heading in another direction, as he was held scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting in Friday’s loss. The second-year pro is a woeful 7-of-34 from 3-point range since making all five of his long-range tries against Dallas on Dec. 23.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (20-16): Detroit has held opponents to an average of 91.8 points during its current 3-1 surge and limited the Celtics to 37.4 percent shooting. The backcourt of Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for 44 points and rookie Stanley Johnson had his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons snapped a three-game road slide. Jackson and Caldwell-Pope combined to go a woeful 10-of-37 from the floor in the loss at Brooklyn earlier this season.


1. Pistons C Andre Drummond has made exactly one free throw in each of his last four games, going 4-of-24 in that span.

2. Jackson is averaging 22.1 points and 7.3 assists at home, compared to 17.7 and 5.6 on the road.

3. Nets SF Joe Johnson has 1,759 career 3-pointers, one shy of tying Peja Stojakovic for 11th place in league history.

PREDICTION: Pistons 105, Nets 99