Win could be the turning point
Detroit now hosts Indiana on Friday and can’t afford a letdown with Portland coming to town on Saturday.
The playoff race in the East could be tighter than first thought. Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando have all but wrapped up the top four seeds.
Miami is up and down but a good bet to make the playoffs. Charlotte is playing phenomenal as of late and is 9-1 in the month of January with wins over Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, Memphis and Miami twice.
Toronto and Chicago currently hold the 7 and 8 seeds and should be in the race the whole way, and New York and Milwaukee still ahead of the Pistons.
Detroit will need to string some wins together and hope a few teams begin to struggle. It all starts with this homestand.
The Pistons need to go a minimum of 4-2, but 5-1 or 6-0 would go a long way in improving their chances. Detroit has won four out of five with the win over Boston and need to keep this momentum going before the hole becomes to big to dig out of.