The Pistons remain one of the few teams to beat the Lakers in Los Angeles. Of course, when that happened, Allen Iverson, Rip Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace weren't all injured. Iverson's still out, and it's not apparent whether Hamilton or Sheed will be back tonight. (Judging by recent injury reports, Hamilton seems more likely than Wallace.)
But does it even matter? The Lakers are firing away, with Pau Gasol continuing a truly fantastic all-around season, the defense settling in to its new elite skin and Kobe ... being Kobe. The Lakers have been incredible since the season began. But the excellence is rhythmic now. It flows. The starts and stops have, for the most part, ended. Reasonable people expect a 7-0 roadtrip.
FanHouse's Matt Watson will be at the game this evening. Follow him on Twitter.Phoenix at Portland, 10:30 PM ET, TNT
The Suns trekking off to the road -- not a good thing. Add consideration of Portland's excellent home record and this looks like a loss in the making for Phoenix, which needs every win it can get.Miami at Chicago, 8 PM ET, TNT
Dwyane Wade had a rough go on Wednesday night, shooting poorly against a bad defensive squad and watching his Heat fall to Indiana. Chicago, of late, represents a tougher foe. Ben Gordon's as much of a flash as Wade on offense ... and B.G. has help. But Miami's defense could (should) make life difficult for the Bulls, and I have a hunch we'll be treated to a better game than those myriad suckfests we endured on national TV last season.