National Basketball Association
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Detroit at Chicago
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls are both on the wrong side of the playoff ledger as they meet Wednesday for a pivotal game in Chicago. The Pistons are in ninth place and the Bulls reside in 10th as the two teams try to catch Miami and Milwaukee, who hold the final two Eastern Conference postseason spots.

Both clubs lost ground on Tuesday as Detroit suffered a 98-96 loss to lowly Brooklyn while Chicago dropped a 122-120 overtime decision to Toronto. The Bulls have been collapsing under second-year coach Fred Hoiberg, losing eight of 10 games since defeating Golden State on March 2. The Pistons have lost four of their last five contests, including the setback against the Nets in the opener of a four-game road trip - which greatly irritated coach Stan Van Gundy. "In the locker room, the guys had some stuff to say themselves," Van Gundy told reporters. "Somebody said, 'I hope this is a wake-up call,' and I almost started laughing. I mean, we're 71 games in. A wake-up call? Come on, we've been doing this all year."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE PISTONS (34-37): The damaging loss to Brooklyn saw Detroit recover from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit - only to see Nets center Brook Lopez drain the winning jumper as time expired. The contest also featured starting point guard Reggie Jackson on the bench as Van Gundy limited him to 20 minutes in which he scored in single digits (seven points) for the third time in five games. Forward Tobias Harris recorded 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting against Brooklyn after struggling to eight on 2-of-10 shooting two nights earlier versus Phoenix.

ABOUT THE BULLS (33-38):
Chicago figures to be without center Robin Lopez after he was ejected from Tuesday's game for fighting with Raptors forward Serge Ibaka. Both players threw punches and Lopez already was saying after the contest that he knows he will be punished by the league as players routinely draw suspensions when a fracas only involves shoving. "Obviously, he's going to be suspended. We know that," All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler told reporters after producing a 37-point effort. "We're going to miss that guy, but what's new? Next man up."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Pistons are 2-1 against the Bulls this season and have won five of the last seven meetings.

2. Detroit C Andre Drummond is averaging 19 rebounds over his last three games.

3. Chicago PG Rajon Rondo scored a season-best 24 points against Toronto for his second 20-point performance of the season - with both coming over the last five contests.

PREDICTION: Bulls 99, Pistons 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Detroit 34-37 L1 23-14 11-23 2-0 32-37 5-9 20-23
Chicago 33-38 L1 20-15 13-23 1-4 32-34 6-7 21-21
Last Meeting
Detroit Chicago
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/6/17 CHI 95 DET 109 109 48 48.9 95 37 41.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit R. Jackson 26 68.8 2
Chicago J. Butler 27 43.8 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit A. Drummond 8 1 7
Chicago J. Butler 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Detroit I. Smith 7
Chicago J. Grant 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Detroit T. Harris 1252 48.7 182
Chicago J. Butler 1592 44.0 538
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Detroit A. Drummond 1051 318 733
Chicago R. Lopez 498 247 251
Assists Player  
Detroit I. Smith 385
Chicago R. Rondo 427
Quickchart Matchup
Detroit Detroit Off vs  Chicago Chicago Defense
Detroit Off vs Chicago - Points For 101.6 Points For
Detroit Off vs Chicago - Points Against 103.4 Points Against
Detroit - FG% 45.1 FG%
Chicago - FG% 46.1 FG%
Detroit - Reb 45.3 Reb
Chicago - Reb 43.1 Reb
Chicago Chicago Off vs  Detroit Detroit Defense
Chicago Off vs Detroit - Points For 102.1 Points For
Chicago Off vs Detroit - Points Against 102.0 Points Against
Chicago - FG% 44.0 FG%
Detroit - FG% 45.8 FG%
Chicago - Reb 46.0 Reb
Detroit - Reb 42.9 Reb