Detroit’s five-game win streak against Boston includes two victories this season. The Celtics’ last win over the Pistons was in Boston on April 16, 2003.
“It won’t be hard to get us up for that game, and that’s the good part for me,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of the matchup.
While Rivers’ squad has a three-game lead over Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead, Detroit is five ahead of second-place Cleveland in the Central.
The defending NBA champion Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 92-88 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Antonio McDyess again played a key role off the bench for Detroit, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
“He’s like that every game,” Pistons coach Larry Brown said. “I put him out there for 24 minutes and he gets us eight or nine rebounds and double-digit points. I don’t know what we would do without him.”
McDyess was one of the league’s top forwards before a series of knee injuries limited him to just 53 games over the last three seasons. This season, he is averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while backing up Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace. McDyess leads the team in field goal shooting at 53.8 percent.
Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds and seven points Wednesday despite playing with a sore foot.
“It felt better tonight,” said Wallace, who may need offseason surgery. “I’m just going to go out there and do everything I’m capable of doing.”
Tayshaun Prince had 20 points for Detroit after averaging eight in his previous two games.
The Pistons had lost the final three games of a six-game western road swing. They play two of their next three on the road.
Boston has won five of six after losing two straight.
Walker had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who are 5-1 since getting him from Atlanta at the trade deadline.
Davis, back on the bench after starting four games, scored 21 points for the Celtics.
Davis had been taking rookie Tony Allen’s spot in the lineup. Allen returned Wednesday after missing four games with a sprained right ankle, finishing with three points, three assists and three steals in 15 minutes.
“The only way he gets hurt again is if he steps on someone’s foot,” Rivers said. “But he looked good the last two days. He moved great. He didn’t have any residual swelling or anything like that.”