The Detroit Pistons began a stretch of three games in as many days with one of the most lopsided victories of the season. They followed it up with one of the most lopsided losses. The encouraging performances from some of the younger players were tempered by the inconsistency of youth. The Minnesota Timberwolves may not be tanking, but they sure are fading fast. The Timberwolves have lost Kevin Love and 11 straight games.
Timberwolves Pistons Betting
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 19, 2012
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSD (Detroit)
Minnesota Timberwolves (25-38): It is difficult to view Minnesota’s season without the injuries that have caused it to streak down the standings. After the first week in March, the Timberwolves were battling for a playoff spot. Now they are staring at another winless April. Ricky Rubio’s injury began the downfall, and a handful of games missed by Nikola Pekovic and Michael Beasley accelerated the drop. Now Luke Ridnour (ankle) and Love are out and might not be back. Love, who was making a sneaky case for league MVP, has missed the last four games with a concussion. J.J. Barea scored 28 points in the starting point guard spot vacated by Rubio and Ridnour but it was not enough in a 91-84 home loss to Memphis on Tuesday.
Detroit Pistons (23-38): Detroit took the East-leading Chicago Bulls to overtime on Sunday and unleashed a dominating performance in a 116-77 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. The lead was 100-50 after the third quarter. But after shooting 60 percent in that contest, the Pistons shot 34.8 percent from the floor in a 116-84 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday. Brandon Knight, who led the way with 28 points against Cleveland, slumped to five points on 2-of-9 shooting against the Hawks. The good news is that everyone is well rested. No one on the roster logged more than 30 minutes in either of the two contests.
1. Pekovic played Tuesday but could be shut down soon to undergo surgery removing bone chips from his ankle.
2. Pistons F Charlie Villanueva has played in three straight games – his longest such streak of the season.
3. Minnesota has taken three straight in the series.
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