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Pistons vs. Warriors preview: Streaks on the line with Golden State in town

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The Golden State Warriors most likely will not make the Detroit Pistons' venture in December any merrier.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game Vitals:

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

When: 3:30 p.m. EST

Watch: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Unexceptionally Detailed Analysis

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors come to town for what should be one last pit stop at the tail end of their very successful five-game road trip. The Warriors, winners of eight straight, are 13-2 overall and 8-1 on the road, including a perfect 4-0 mark on their current trip. More wins on a five-game road trip than the Pistons have all season.

Arguably the NBA's best, the Warriors are heavy favorites (-8.5) to win again on Sunday afternoon at The Palace, where they have won three straight. Shooting an NBA-best 49 percent from the field, the Warriors score the third-most points per game in the NBA at 107.3 behind Curry and Klay Thompson, who pour in over 45 of those a game. Oh yeah, despite a first-year head coach in Steve Kerr, they also hold opponents to the NBA's worst field goal percentage (41 percent).

The Warriors are legitimate contenders.

On the contrary, the Pistons have lost seven straight and are at an uneasy 3-13. Stan Van Gundy hasn't coached a team that has lost seven straight games in 11 years and he's getting short on answers (his press conference after Friday night's loss to Milwaukee lasted under a minute and a half).

Players to watch

Brandon Jennings for Detroit

Jennings is returning after missing three straight games with a hyperextended thumb he suffered in Atlanta last week. He will have his hands full with Stephen Curry.

Another player to watch will be Andre Drummond, who played well in three games with D.J. Augustin at the point, which may just be a coincidence.

Stephen Curry for Golden State

Curry struggled for the Warriors on Friday night, hitting only one of his 10 three-point tries. He also struggled the last time these two teams met, but the Warriors were able to pull out the win. Curry receives the benefit of playing against Jennings, who hasn't played in three games.

Series Matchup

As I already mentioned, the Warriors have won three straight at The Palace. They have won five straight against the Pistons overall. In the last couple seasons, the Warriors started long road trips out on the right foot against Detroit, but this year is different in that they are closing out a five-gamer before returning home against Orlando on Tuesday. If there's any reason for optimism, it's that the Warriors might get complacent with a four-win trip and overlook Detroit in preparation to finally get home and play consecutive games in front of their fans for the first time in over two weeks.

The last time these two teams met was Feb. 24 of last season and the Pistons put up a valiant effort -- for three quarters. The Warriors outscored the Pistons 23-13 in the final quarter to win 104-96.

Communal Question

Without looking, can you guess the last time the Pistons won a game on Sunday?