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Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons game preview

The Rockets look to end their fifth three-game losing streak tonight against the Detroit Pistons

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2024 continues the 2023 trend of improved play from the Houston Rockets as well as success and happiness for everyone reading this. Yes, even you, Dallas fans.

The Houston Rockets have lost three game in a row five times this year. Each of the four previous times, they won the game right after the three-game streak. Will that continue tonight?

Houston and the Detroit Pistons are inexorably linked thanks to the 2021 NBA Draft. The Pistons took Cade Cunningham first over, and Houston followed up with Jalen Green. The two play different positions, but everyone will always compare players that go 1-2 in the Draft. Of course, neither would probably go #1 if there was a re-draft today (though I’m sure Pistons fans will push back on that claim). No, that honor would likely go to Scottie Barnes or Alperen Sengun. Both are in the top 25 in PER. Cunningham is 88th, and Green is 140th.

The Pistons just ended a 28-game losing streak, the longest in a single season in NBA history (it tied the Process Sixers over the course of two seasons) by beating the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Detroit took 40 free throws, which was a big part of their win. They played a mostly solid game in which they shot 50% from the field and 43% from deep.

So the question now is this: will the Pistons be primed for a letdown game after working hard for two months to finally win a game and end the streak, or will they have renewed confidence after ending a historic streak?

Tip-off

7pm CT

How to Watch

Space City Home Network

Injuries/Other

Rockets

Jabari Smith Jr.-OUT (ankle)

Dillon Brooks-OUT (abdominal)

Tari Eason-GTD (leg)

Pistons

Isaiah Stewart-OUT (toe)

Monte Morris-OUT (quad)

The Line (as of this post)

HOU -7.5

Looking ahead because we can

Wednesday at home against the Brooklyn Nets

Poll

Poll

Does the Rule of 3 continue tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Yep. Rockets win.
    (40 votes)
  • 14%
    Nope. Rockets lose.
    (7 votes)
47 votes total Vote Now