The Detroit Pistons have easily handled their past two home opponents and a visit from the lowly Brooklyn Nets would appear to give them a promising chance to make it three consecutive blowouts.
The Nets, though, have played relatively well on the road of late and have dominated the recent series against the Pistons heading into Saturday night's matchup.
Brooklyn has also won three of its past four road contests following a 1-12 start there, but was swept in a three-game homestand to start this week. The Nets (10-26) had two of their worst scoring performances of the season in the last two contests, including an 83-77 loss to Orlando on Friday.
They shot 39.7 percent against the Magic and the same in a 91-74 loss to Toronto on Wednesday. Brooklyn still managed to take a four-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday but was outscored 23-13 in the final 11 minutes of its ninth consecutive home loss.
"We're playing well enough on the defensive end to win games. Offensively, we've got to make shots and execute down the stretch," point guard Shane Larkin said. "It was frustrating to be up in the fourth quarter and not be able to close it out."
The trip to Detroit is the Nets' only road game in a stretch of seven contests. Brooklyn will open another three-game homestand Monday against San Antonio. >>> Read more…