The Knicks have become something of a joke in the media (not that I mind -- it certainly makes my FanHouse duties easier), but they get to escape the pressure-cooker that is Madison Square Garden for a quick one-game road trip in Detroit before the holiday.
Two schools of thought for this game: 1) the Knicks mail it in, much like they did last night against the Warriors; 2) they rally around their wounded pride and finally break their seven-game road trip. For the sake of poking fun, I'd like to say the first one will happen, but I honestly have no clue.
The Pistons, meanwhile, will have Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess and back in the fold. And after playing eight of their first 10 on the road, they're now home for four in a row (and seven of their next 10). See, it all evens out in the end. I'll be at the Palace tonight, so check out HOOPSWORLD for my pre-game, halftime and post-game observations.