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Pistons vs. Blazers preview: A trail to 13 straight losses

The Pistons have lost 12 consecutive games. They play the very good Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Game Vitals

Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills

When: Tuesday, Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox Sports Detroit

Here's the Gist

The Pistons are 3-18. The Blazers are 16-4.  Portland is tied for second in the Western Conference. Detroit has the second worst record in the NBA.

Unexceptionally Detailed Opponent Analysis

This is the second game of a five-game road trip for the Blazers, but they don't mind much being away from home. They're averaging 108.5 points on a current six-game winning streak away from the Moda Center and things shouldn't get tougher for the 5th ranked offense and 4th ranked defense on Tuesday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge is the Blazers go-to player and he typically kills the Pistons, especially of late, averaging over 28 points per game over a six-game stretch. He's a volume scorer and not having a career year, but he's fresh off winning Player of the Week and has recorded five consecutive double-doubles.

The pinch of hope for the Pistons to steal a win against a team that has taken nine of the last 11 in the series is that the Blazers have struggled with their shot of late, shooting 43.5 percent from the field the last five games and 29.5 percent from three the last couple weeks. (H/T Blazers Edge)

The Blazers have won 13 of their last 14 and four straight.

Where Does This Lead Us?

3-19. 13 straight losses.

Last Time We Met

Dec. 15, 2013.

Oh, you wanted more? Well, it was heartbreaking. Damian Lillard hit a game-winner with 0.1 left on the clock to beat the Pistons 111-109 in OT after the Pistons fell apart in the fourth quarter. At the time, the Blazers were the best team in the Western Conference and the Pistons were, believe it or not, flirting with .500.

Question for the Congregation

What is a trap game?