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What: Memphis Grizzlies (47-20) vs. Detroit Pistons (23-43)

When: 7:30 p.m @ Palace of Auburn Hills

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TV: Fox Sports Detroit

The Detroit Pistons (23-43) are currently dealing with one of the most challenging stretches of the season. Losers of 10 in row, the Pistons will do all they can to end their losing streak and competitively play out the rest of the season.

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Coming out of the trade deadline the team’s aspirations to make the playoffs were as high as they were all season. Bringing in a versatile guard in Reggie Jackson to replace Brandon Jennings, who went down with a torn Achilles tendon, and D.J Augustin, who was involved in the deal to acquire Jackson, was a move that seemingly elevated the Pistons into serious playoff contention.

Since defeating the Washington Wizards on Feb. 22, in Jackson’s debut at the point, the Pistons have lost 10 straight. Granted, there have been some close calls. However, failing to execute in crucial moments have kept the losing streak alive and well.

The Pistons got great news regarding starting center Andre Drummond’s health. Drummond, who’s averaged 17.3 points and 21.7 rebounds over his previous three games, suffered a concussion early on against the Utah Jazz and didn’t practice Monday. However, he has been cleared and is expected to play in the game tonight, as is former Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince, who has been dealing with a hip pointer. Detroit likely will need all the help it can get against Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies.

Breaking their horrific 10 game losing streak will not come easy with one of the best teams in the league coming into town. The Memphis Grizzlies (47-20) are sitting second in the Western Conference, two games up on the Portland Trailblazers (44-21).

The Pistons are going to have to take advantage of every extra possession, and any easy shots they may rarely have. The Grizzlies are giving up 95.3 point per game, second in the NBA. Scoring  98.9 points per game, the Grizzlies heavily rely on their defense, contending every shot they possibly can to keep them in the game against teams that like to shoot the ball outside the paint.

A great match up to watch tonight is the battle of the big man duos. The Pistons Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe will try to outplay Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, two of the league’s best at their positions. This should be a great game, so tune in at 7:00 p.m for Pistons Live on Fox Sports Detroit, and then tip off shortly after 7:30 p.m.

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