Pistons vs. Heat: Palace hosts a pair of champs

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad Boys celebrate their 25 year reunion at the Palace tonight as the Pistons host another back-to-back champion in the Miami Heat.

Detroit Pistons (26-45) vs. Miami Heat (48-22)
7:30 p.m. Eastern
Fox Sports Detroit, 97.1 The Ticket

Packey has all of the links for the reunion for you here. Enjoy, there's some fun stuff there.

The Situation

The Heat have received plenty of attention for their vulnerability over the past few weeks. Over their past 13 games, they've won just 5 games. They're the same potent offensive team as always, but essentially been coasting and teams are exploiting them on the offensive glass and behind the arch.

Ray Allen didn't make the trip due to a stomach virus. Dwayne Wade is as unreliable as ever, and is a game-time decision thanks to a cramp.

This is the fourth meeting of the teams this season, with the Pistons managing to win one. They've managed to dominate the boards, but the extra possessions haven't been enough to overcome Josh Smith's awful play. In the three matchups, Smith has averaged over 18 shots per game despite making only 32 percent of them.

Keys to the Game:

Rebounding: The Pistons offense won't be able to keep up with the Heat, making generating extra possessions their only chance to sneak out a win.

Smith: Out of the past seven games, the one game that Smith has single digit shot attempts, the Pistons won. And no, he's not needed for defending LeBron James. James has tossed up 24 points per game on 61 percent true shooting, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds per game against the Pistons this season, which is about in line with his season averages.

Brandon Jennings: Jennings has actually been pretty damn good against the Heat this year, putting up 20 points on 62 percent true shooting, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Question of the Game:

Rick Mahorn and Coach Sheed argued over who was better below, the1989 Bad Boys versus 2004 Going to Work crew. In a seven game series, who wins?

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