Preview: Boston At Detroit

When: 6:00 PM  ET, Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
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BOS Edge in: DET
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The Boston Celtics will try to stop a rare losing streak when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Following a controversial loss at Chicago before the All-Star break, the Celtics let a 17-point lead slip away in a 107-97 setback at Toronto on Friday.

It gives them consecutive defeats for just the second time in 2017 and puts them in danger of matching their longest slide of the season. "We played harder in the first half and they played harder in the second," All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters. "They got to loose balls, 50-50 balls were theirs. They pushed us out offensively and we were catching balls beyond the 3-point line, denying us. They played better than us tonight." The Pistons were victorious in their first game out of the break - a 114-108 triumph in overtime against Charlotte on Thursday - and they've won seven of their last 10. The relative hot stretch began following a 113-109 loss at Boston on Jan. 30, which gave the Celtics a 2-1 advantage in the season series.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, CSN New England (Boston), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE CELTICS (37-21): As Thomas goes, so go the Celtics, and while he extended his franchise record of consecutive games with at least 20 points to 42 straight in the loss to Toronto, he did not get any higher than that mark in his smallest output since Nov. 18. Thomas has shot under 50 percent in five straight games - his longest such stretch since November - and is shooting 43.9 percent on the road - compared to 49 percent at home. Boston will be looking for more from center Al Horford, who has a total of 15 points and seven rebounds in 57 minutes over his last two games.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (28-30): Both center Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson were held out down the stretch in the win over Charlotte and Jackson continues to lose playing time as his production wanes. He is averaging 9.4 points on 36.3 percent from the field in February after posting a 19.6 mark while shooting 46.4 percent in the previous month. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope picked up the slack versus the Hornets with 33 points and he has zero turnovers in 80 minutes over his last two games.


1. Thomas had 24 points and eight assists in the first game at Detroit earlier this season, a 94-92 victory for the Celtics.

2. Drummond still managed 12 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte to pick up his 38th double-double, which ranks fifth in the NBA.

3. Celtics G Avery Bradley (Achilles) has missed 17 consecutive contests but is with the team on the trip and nearing a return.

PREDICTION: Celtics 103, Pistons 99

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Boston 37-21 L2 20-8 17-13 2-2 35-19 8-4 24-11
Detroit 28-30 W2 18-11 10-19 0-0 28-30 3-7 16-18

Last Meeting

Boston Detroit
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/30/17 DET 109 BOS 113 113 44 43.9 109 51 44.3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BOS I. Thomas 41 47.8 15
DET A. Drummond 28 63.2 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BOS J. Jerebko 10 1 9
DET A. Drummond 22 7 15
Assists Player  
BOS M. Smart 8
DET R. Jackson 6
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BOS I. Thomas 1665 46.6 449
DET T. Harris 1045 48.9 146
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BOS A. Horford 331 64 267
DET A. Drummond 859 255 604
Assists Player  
BOS I. Thomas 349
DET I. Smith 319

Quickchart Matchup

Boston  Off vs  Detroit Def
108.2 Points For
101.8 Points Against
45.6 FG%
45.8 FG%
41.1 Reb
42.3 Reb
Detroit Off vs  Boston Def
101.5 Points For
105.7 Points Against
45.4 FG%
45.3 FG%
42.3 Reb
44.7 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Detroit
37-21 W/L 28-30
29-27-2 ATS 28-30-0
31-26-1 O/U 28-30-0
108.2 Pts For 101.5
105.7 Pts Against 101.8
Boston A/H Detroit
17-13 W/L 18-11
18-10-2 ATS 17-12-0
15-14-1 O/U 13-16-0
106.6 Pts For 104.1
105.5 Pts Against 99.2