Detroit Pistons (4-16) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10-11): 10 p.m.; Moda Center, Portland, Oregon; Bally Sports Detroit; WXYT-FM (97.1).
Home is where the victories are for the Portland Trail Blazers, who are about to embark on a friendly slate. The road-challenged Trail Blazers host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night to start a stretch in which Portland plays eight of nine games at home. First-year coach Chauncey Billups is getting frustrated with the topsy-turvy nature of his club.
It wasn't long ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were languishing under .500, but after a seven-game winning streak, they've moved back toward the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Milwaukee's run has been overshadowed a bit by Phoenix's 16-game winning streak and Golden State's 18-2 start to the season. Now, the Bucks - and their conference finals opponents, the Atlanta Hawks - are showing signs that they've shaken off their early struggles.