Miami Heat Visit Detroit Pistons: Game 18 Preview

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives around Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 100-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Miami hits the road for a quick trip to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Do the Pistons have enough horsepower to douse the Heat?

The Miami Heat will be visiting the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight. It's the first of three meetings this season between the two teams, and the first of two they will play in Detroit. The Heat are 5-3 on the road, Detroit has a 3-6 home record. This game comes on the heels of a 4-1 homestand for the Heat. After this game, they return home for a three game homestand, featuring the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Hornets. The Pistons are starting a short two game homestand. They go on to face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday before taking the road for a four game trip.

The two teams last met on March 23rd of last season. The Heat beat the Pistons in Detroit 100-94. The Heat were led by 24 from Dwyane Wade, 23 from Chris Bosh, and 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from LeBron James. Richard Hamilton paced the Pistons with 27, while Greg Monroe grabbed 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons (100 - 94) MARCH 23, 2011 (via HeatTeo)

Miami beat the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 92-85. The Heat were led by Chris Bosh with a season high 35 points. LeBron James added 18 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 10 boards for the Heat. Kyrie Irving led four Cavaliers in double figures with 17, while Anderson Varejao collected 11 rebounds.

Cavaliers vs. Heat (via TheUltimateJordan)

Detroit was routed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 99-79 on Sunday. The Pistons trailed 29-12 after the first quarter and 60-33 at the half, and were never a threat to win. Brandon Knight led four Pistons in double figures with 13 on the night. Russell Westbrook and James Harden both scored 24, while Kevin Durant added 20 in the Thunder victory.

Detroit vs Oklahoma City NBA Highlights 01/23/2012 (via bballfansite)

Game Time: 7:30 EST

Season Series: 0-0

All-Time Series: 42-42


Miami Heat: 12-5, tied for second in the Southeast Division, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, tied for sixth in the NBA.

Detroit Pistons: 4-14, fifth in the Central Division, 13th in the Eastern Conference, 27th in the NBA.

Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat:

PG - Mario Chalmers

SG - Shane Battier

SF - LeBron James

PF - Chris Bosh

C - Joel Anthony

Detroit Pistons:

PG - Brandon Knight

SG - Rodney Stuckey

SF - Tayshaun Prince

PF - Ben Wallace

C - Greg Monroe


Common Thread:

No player from either team has ever played for their opponent in tonight's matchup.

Team Milestones:

With one more field goal, LeBron James will move past Billy Thompson into 18th, with 930. 14 more free throws will move him past Brian Grant, into 13th with 628.

James Jones needs four more 3-pointers to pass James Posey into 13th, with 215.

One more 3-pointer will put Mario Chalmers at 305, passing Jason Williams into seventh.

One more block will put Udonis Haslem in 11th with 185, passing Brian Grant.

Team Leaders: (minimum half of team games played)


LeBron James, 28.9

Chris Bosh, 21.4

Dwyane Wade,19.6


Udonis Haslem, 9.1

LeBron James, 8.1

Chris Bosh, 7.8


LeBron James, 7.1

Dwyane Wade, 5.4

Mario Chalmers, 4.4


LeBron James, 2.1

Dwyane Wade, 2.0

Mario Chalmers, 1.5


Dwyane Wade, 1.7

Chris Bosh, 1.0

LeBron James, 0.9

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