Brooklyn is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Lakers in which a 10-0 Los Angeles run sealed the deal at the end. The Nets shot a season-low 34.8 percent from the field in the contest.
The Pistons have been struggling but hold a distinct advantage over the Nets on their home court.
Pistons Dominate Nets at Home
The Pistons have won the last 10 meetings between these teams in Detroit. The Nets last won in Detroit on March 6, 2006.
In their last five games at home, the Pistons have averaged 102.4 points per game while averaging 87.6 points per game in their last five on the road.
Detroit has won 42 of the 47 games in which it’s hosted the Nets.
Nets Needed Double Overtime Last Time
The Pistons didn’t fold in Brooklyn earlier this season, as it took a Joe Johnson buzzer-beating jumper in double overtime to seal the Nets’ victory.
After the tough loss to the Lakers Tuesday night, Brooklyn needs some confidence as it prepares for another tough stretch starting later this week.
Starting Sunday night, the Nets take on the Spurs, Pacers and Nuggets before the All-Star break.
Johnson Ice Cold
Johnson scored 28 points including knocking down the game-winner last time against the Pistons.
But recently, Johnson has been far from an offensive force for the Nets.
Over his last six games, “Joe Smooth” has averaged 12.8 points on 35.9 percent shooting. Not so smooth, Joe.
Hopefully, taking on the team in which he excelled down the stretch last time will give him and his team an offensive boost.
Jose Calderon Is Pesky
Jose Calderon was acquired by the Pistons in a three-team trade a week ago. It will be strange to see the Pistons without Tayshaun Prince, who was sent to the Grizzlies in the deal.
Calderon started this season with the Raptors and averaged nine points per game in the three meetings between Toronto and Brooklyn this season.
He scored a team-high 15 points in his Detroit debut, a loss Monday night to the Knicks.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.