The Charlotte Bobcats will be in an unaccustomed role of favorites when they host the skidding Detroit Pistons on Saturday. Charlotte will be seeking a season high-tying third consecutive victory against a Detroit squad that has dropped 10 consecutive games and is coming off a 14-point loss at red-hot Miami on Friday. The Bobcats have lost six straight at home to Detroit.
Charlotte's last two victories have come against lowly Toronto and Washington, but it still managed to surpass 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 6-9. Detroit is 0-for-March and its margin of defeat during the 10-game skid is a bloated 17.2 points.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit, SportSouth (Charlotte)
ABOUT THE PISTONS (23-47): Detroit's performance against the Heat mirrored that of point guard Jose Calderon. He had 16 points and six assists in leading the Pistons to a 54-49 halftime lead, but managed only two points and one assist while committing six turnovers in the second half as Detroit wilted. The Pistons were against shorthanded in the backcourt as starting guard Brandon Knight (ankle) missed his fourth straight game.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (16-52): Big man Byron Mullens snapped out of a month-long funk by pouring in 25 points against Toronto, tying a season high. Following a stretch in which he scored in double figures in eight straight games, Mullens saw his minutes and production diminish. He managed a paltry total of 21 points during a seven-game stretch before scoring 12 against Washington followed by the eruption against Toronto. "It was a slump and everyone has those," Mullens said.
1. The teams have split two meetings this season, with the away team winning each time.
2. Pistons C Greg Monroe is averaging 18 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last three games.
3. The Bobcats last won three straight from Nov. 10-14.
PREDICTION: Bobcats 101, Pistons 97