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Game 22: Denver Nuggets @ Detroit Pistons [Game Thread]

NBA Regular Season
Game 22


16-6 (7-6 away)

9-12 (6-4 home)

Palace of Auburn Hills

Nuggets Blog: Denver Stiffs

December 10, 2009 7:30 PM ET
TV: Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 The Fan
Probable starters:
Chauncey Billups PG Chucky Atkins
Arron Afflalo SG Rodney Stuckey
Carmelo Anthony SF Jonas Jerebko
Kenyon Martin PF Jason Maxiell
Nene Hilario C Ben Wallace

The last time the Pistons were on a three-game winning streak, they had to travel to the west coast and face the toughest part of their schedule. They wound up losing all four games on the trip and dropping seven in a row overall. Thursday night, Detroit again has to face a Western Conference powerhouse and less than 24 hours after they won their third straight game.

This time the Pistons will look to increase their winning streak in front of the home crowd where the Pistons have defeated the Nuggs 13 consecutive times. Denver has not won at The Palace since March 10, 1995. This is probably Denver's best opportunity to end that skid. They have arguably their best team and Detroit is 0-5 this season in the second game of back-to-backs.

This game marks the second return to the Motor City for Chauncey Billups. Detroit defeated Denver 100-95 in his first game back last year, when fans gave their former (and still a) star guard a very goosebumps inducing ovation during introductions. I can't imagine there will be the same type of crowd at tonight's game, as seats have been relatively empty so far this season. Maybe the grand return of Arron Afflalo to The Palace will get people to flood the ticket gates. Either way, Chauncey will get his cheers.

Pistons have averaged 23 assists in this short winning streak, so let's hope for another 20+ number in the assists column for the Pistons. Against a team like Denver, moving the ball around and taking good shots is going to be absolutely key. The Pistons won't get away with a low shooting percentage and high turnovers tonight.

Tip off is at 7:30 PM EST and can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit. Join the game thread if you're watching and near a computer (or on your phone!). scouting report after the jump. Also, good preview over at Denver Stiffs (we know how it feels when we play in Utah).