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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , March 15, 2019
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 20,768

Pistons look to get back on track vs. Lakers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons

  1. The Lakers shot a season-high 56.1 percent from the field in a 113-100 home win over the Pistons on January 9. They've lost their last three trips to Detroit, however, after winning six of the previous seven.
  2. Los Angeles lost to the Raptors on Thursday, 111-98, after having snapped its five-game losing streak on Tuesday in Chicago. The Lakers haven't won back-to-back games since January 15-17, the longest active drought of its kind in the NBA (22 games).
  3. Detroit followed up Monday's 103-75 loss in Brooklyn with a 108-74 defeat in Miami on Wednesday. The Pistons -- who shot a combined 31.0 percent in the two losses -- are the first NBA team to be held to 75 points or fewer in back-to-back games since the Knicks in December 2013.
  4. Currently averaging 17.3 points and 15.2 rebounds, Andre Drummond is on track to become the first NBA player to average 15 and 15 in consecutive seasons since Moses Malone in 1977-78 and '78-79.
  5. LeBron James has scored at least 25 points in eight straight games (30.5 ppg), the longest active streak in the NBA. It's James' longest such streak since January 2015 with Cleveland; he hasn't scored 25 or more in nine straight since January 2010 (also with Cleveland).
  6. Kyle Kuzma has scored an even 2400 points in his career. That's the most by a Laker in his first two career seasons since Nick Van Exel had 2447 in 1993-94 and '94-95.

One bad game in the midst of a playoff push didn't bother the Detroit Pistons. Back-to-back poor performances? That's a little alarming.

They failed miserably this week against two of the teams they're fighting for a postseason berth, the Brooklyn Nets dismantling them 103-75 on Monday and the Miami Heat shredding them 108-74 on Wednesday.

They'll look to regain some momentum at home on Friday when they face the floundering Los Angeles Lakers.

"After having a tough loss on Monday, I thought we would come out and have a better showing (Wednesday), but we didn't. That's on us," Detroit power forward Blake Griffin told reporters. "We have to be more locked in and ready to go. We (have) to realize what's at stake. These teams that we're playing also have a lot at stake. We need to be more prepared."

Miami scored the first eight points and never trailed Wednesday. The Pistons were down by 12 points after the first quarter but pulled within five by halftime.

Then they completely collapsed after the break, as the Heat scored the first 21 points of the second half. Detroit's eight-point third quarter was its lowest-scoring quarter since November 2012.

"It's a lesson that we have to learn," coach Dwane Casey said after the game. "If we want to make the playoffs, we have to play playoff basketball. It's new to a lot of people with different roles and it's a wakeup call."

Center Andre Drummond saw his franchise-record-tying streak of 19 consecutive double-doubles come to an end against Miami. He had five points and nine rebounds before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.

The Pistons have bigger concerns with their point guard situation. Starter Reggie Jackson sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter stepping on teammate Zaza Pachulia's foot. If he's out, the roles of backups Ish Smith and Jose Calderon will expand. Rookie Bruce Brown and Luke Kennard could also get some minutes at the point.

Jackson seemed more concerned with the team's play than his health shortly after the game.

"We need to get on this plane first. It's going to be a little disappointing," he said. "Go home and relax and clear your mind to get ready to play basketball. I think the biggest thing is that we haven't been ourselves and just play basketball."

The Lakers won the first meeting between the teams in Los Angeles. Power forward Kyle Kuzma poured in a career-high 41 points in the Lakers' 113-100 triumph on Jan. 9.

Los Angeles will be playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Lakers lost at Toronto 111-98 on Thursday.

They have dropped six of their last seven while sinking out of the postseason picture. It's a different experience for LeBron James, who had 29 points against the Raptors. The Lakers announced Friday that he will not play against the Pistons, citing "load management."

"I mean obviously I would love for the team to be in the postseason," James told the Los Angeles Times. "Even if I'm not a part of it, the postseason I've always loved. But right now it's not the hand I was dealt, so you play the hand that you were dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and you're dealt another hand and can do that. Definitely I'll be watching it if we're not in there."

Shooting guard Reggie Bullock will play against his former team for the first time since Detroit dealt him to Los Angeles last month.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 15, 2019

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