Pistons aim for three-game win streak in Martin Luther King Day matinee

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks

Date: Jan. 17, 2011

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 14-26

Mavericks: 26-13

Probable starters

Pistons:

Mavericks:

  • Jason Kidd
  • Jason Terry
  • DeShawn Stevenson
  • Shawn Marion
  • Tyson Chandler

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +4

Over/under: 189

Score: Mavericks win, 96.5-92.5

Three things to watch

1. Going for three straight wins

The Pistons will try to leave the Pacers, Timberwolves, Nets and Kings behind as the only teams with a high of a two-game win streak this season. But even if the Pistons lose, at least they aren’t the Wizards, who haven’t won back-to-back games all season.

2. Tayshaun Prince’s play

The Mavericks might have interest in Tayshaun Prince, and although they certainly won’t decide his value on today’s game alone, it probably has more relevancy than it should. It’s almost impossible to ignore seeing an extreme performance – whether it be favorable or unfavorable – in person.

3. Martin Luther King Day

These matinee games have become a nice tradition for the Pistons, and I think the unique nature of the start time is relevant. For a lot of people in this country, today is just another day. They’ll get up, go to work, then come home, just as they usually do. But if the Pistons’ unusual afternoon tipoff triggers some people to think about the meaning behind today, I’d say that’s a good thing.

Pregame reading

Tags: Greg Monroe Richard Hamilton Tayshaun Prince