The Detroit Pistons host the Miami Heat the night before Thanksgiving for an important easy season Eastern Conference matchup between two playoff hopefuls.
It has been more than three weeks since the Detroit Pistons played more than one game in a row at home and while they host the Miami Heat tonight, that streak will continue. After tonight’s game the Pistons head back on the road for games at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and at the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday before returning home to start a a much-needed four game homestand.
To put the tough home-road split to start the season in perspective, the Miami Heat head to Detroit having played their last seven games at home while tonight marks just the sixth home game for the Pistons all season.
The Heat put that home cooking to good use, going 6-1 in those seven home games with the only loss coming in the middle of two three game winning streaks. This group of post-LeBron James era Heat are making their mark on the defensive end and at 9-4 are tied with the Chicago Bulls for the Eastern Conference’s second best record behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tonight’s game marks the second time this season the Pistons enter a game having fallen to the .500 mark by losing the previous game only to face a tough opponent at home. They responded brilliantly a week ago in beating the Cavaliers after stumbling at the end of their six game west coast road trip to return 5-5. That performance kept the Pistons from falling below the .500 mark for the first time all season, something they will look to avoid again tonight.
Here is all the important info you need for today’s game.
Miami Heat (9-4) at Detroit Pistons (7-7)
The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports Detroit Plus
Radio: 105.1 FM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass
Favorite: Pistons by 1.5
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