This is the first of two meetings between these two (they'll play again on April 6th in Minnesota). The most recent meeting came in April of last year (4/19) in Detroit. The result was a 91-80 win for the Wolves. Pek led the way in that one with 23 points & 9 rebounds.
The Wolves have gone 1-9 in their last 10 road games, with their most recent game away from home was the lone win in a blowout over the Suns in Phoenix. The Wolves will be searching for back-to-back road wins for the first time since March 2012. The Wolves are 8-27 on the road this season.
The Detroit Pistons are on a six-game home losing streak and will be looking to snap that skid. Detroit snapped a 10-game losing streak on Saturday against the Bobcats in Charlotte. Charlie Villanueva hit a go-ahead basket with 15 seconds to play for a 91-92 win.
Before the Pistons' W on Saturday, they were allowing 111.8 points per game on 54.7% FG in their previous six contests. The Wolves are coming off two solid offensive outings with that win over the Suns on Saturday and the loss to the Bulls on Sunday. Hopefully the Pistons can fall back into their defensive woes and the Wolves can continue their hot streak.
The Wolves have won two-straight and four of six on the road in this series.
This is the start of eight games in the next twelve days for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kirilenko had this to say about Detroit: "Dont look at their record. We can't afford that. We have to go in there and fight hard and get those wins."
They'll try to do that without three of their players. Kevin Love (hand), Brandon Roy (knees) and Malcolm Lee (knee/hip) are all out for this one.
The Pistons will be playing without backup point guard Willy Bynum and backup center Andre Drummond. Bynum is dealing with a hand injury that could potentially shut him down for the season and Drummond is still trying to recover from that back injury that shut him down in early February.
Let's take a look at tonight's probable starting lineups...
Ricky Rubio (9.9P, 4R, 7.3A, 2.3S)
Luke Ridnour (11.9P, 2.8R, 3.9A, 1S)
Andrei Kirilenko (12.7P, 5.8R, 2.8A, 1.4S, 1B)
Derrick Williams (11.8P, 5.6R, 0.5S)
Nikola Pekovic (15.6P, 8.6R, 0.9B)
Jose Calderon (11.7P, 2.8R, 6.9A, 1.1S)
Brandon Knight (13.8P, 3.4R, 4.1A)
Kyle Singler (8.8P, 4R, 0.7S)
Jason Maxiell (7P, 5.7R, 1.3B)
Greg Monroe (15.8P, 9.5R, 3.4A, 1.3S)
Another good matchup will be at point guard where good buddies Ricky Rubio & Jose Calderon will go head-to-head. The two Spaniards known for their playmaking capabilities and friends from the national team will match up in this one.
Tipoff for this one is set for 6:30pmCT from the Palace of Auburn Hills, enjoy the game and thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!