Preview: Miami At Detroit

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Matchup Edge
MIA Edge in: DET
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The Detroit Pistons are slumping at the wrong time as they enter a pivotal game against the visiting Miami Heat on Tuesday. Detroit has dropped four straight and seven of its last eight contests as it trails eighth-place Miami by 1 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Detroit suffered a devastating 109-95 loss to lowly New York on Monday to further extend its untimely slide. The Pistons play three of their next four at home as they attempt to end their funk before the regular season concludes with three of four on the road. Miami holds a one-half game lead over Chicago for the No. 8 spot but has dropped three of its last four contests. The brief slump comes after the Heat won 23 of 28 games to recover from an 11-30 record at the midway point.

TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Miami), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE HEAT (35-38): Miami fell 112-108 to Boston on Sunday despite center Hassan Whiteside delivering 19 points and 15 rebounds. Whiteside didn't display any signs of the ankle injury he suffered Thursday as he posted his 15th consecutive double-double and 51st of the season. Shooting guard Dion Waiters (ankle) didn't travel to Detroit and will miss his fifth consecutive contest as the timetable for his return is unknown, according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (34-40): The latest loss was highly frustrating to coach Stan Van Gundy as his squad failed to take advantage of a recent light schedule. "You look at four losses here (New York and Brooklyn), a home loss to Philly, two losses to Orlando, all teams that are behind us," Van Gundy told reporters after the setback against the Knicks. "That's a huge part of where we are right now." Center Andre Drummond is averaging 17.2 rebounds over his last six games, but his offensive production has been minimal as he's averaged eight points in that span while missing all 10 of his free-throw attempts.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Heat have won 21 of the last 30 meetings, but the Pistons hold a 2-1 series edge this season.

2. Detroit backup F Stanley Johnson is 3-of-14 shooting over his last two contests.

3. Miami SG Tyler Johnson scored 24 points in the loss to Boston and is averaging 17.8 over his last five games.

PREDICTION: Heat 105, Pistons 101

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 35-38 L2 21-16 14-22 0-1 35-37 6-7 21-23
Detroit 34-40 L4 23-14 11-26 2-0 32-40 5-10 20-26

Last Meeting

Miami Detroit
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/28/17 DET 103 MIA 116 116 38 52.5 103 42 51.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA G. Dragic 23 57.1 5
DET R. Jackson 24 58.8 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA H. Whiteside 12 4 8
DET A. Drummond 21 8 13
Assists Player  
MIA D. Waiters 7
DET R. Jackson 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA G. Dragic 1360 48.0 262
DET T. Harris 1289 48.4 189
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA H. Whiteside 1027 272 755
DET A. Drummond 1097 335 762
Assists Player  
MIA G. Dragic 416
DET I. Smith 397

Quickchart Matchup

Miami  Off vs  Detroit Def
102.8 Points For
102.5 Points Against
45.4 FG%
46.2 FG%
43.8 Reb
42.8 Reb
Detroit Off vs  Miami Def
101.2 Points For
102.1 Points Against
45.0 FG%
45.0 FG%
42.8 Reb
43.6 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Miami Overall Detroit
35-38 W/L 34-40
44-28-1 ATS 34-40-0
34-39-0 O/U 33-41-0
102.8 Pts For 101.2
102.1 Pts Against 102.5
Miami A/H Detroit
14-22 W/L 23-14
22-14-0 ATS 22-15-0
13-23-0 O/U 14-23-0
99.5 Pts For 103.6
102.4 Pts Against 98.9