NBA: Suns look to continue hot-streak against Detroit
The Suns (39-29) have 14 games remaining and have a great shot to catch up in the standings tonight when they face the Detroit Pistons (25-42).
Phoenix has won three out of four games after going 3-7 in their previous 10. They used a late 23-3 run against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to propel them to a 109-93 victory. Dragic finished with 18 points and 6 assists, while Miles Plumlee came up one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 9 boards in just 20 minutes.
In the last matchup between these two teams on Jan. 11, the Pistons came away victorious 110-108 on a late basket by Josh Smith. Smith finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in that game. PJ Tucker had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Channing Frye led the team with 21 points and Goran Dragic chipped in with 15 points and 8 assists, but had 6 turnovers.
Detroit is still eligible to reach the playoffs as they are 6.5 games behind the 8th seed in the East, but a lot of stuff would have to go the Pistons way if they are to make the playoffs. The Suns have won the past five home games against Detroit, in which Detroit is only averaging 88.4ppg in those matchups.
Andre Drummond (neck) will be a game-time decision tonight after missing Detroit’s game on Wednesday. He will undergo an evaluation after shoot-around on Friday morning. Drummond is averaging 13.1ppg and 12.8rpg.
The Suns must view this game as a must-win as they trail Memphis and Dallas by 1.5 games and the Grizzlies play the Heat and the Mavs play the Nuggets tonight.
The Suns and Pistons will tip off tonight at 7:00 p.m. from US Airways Center.
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