The Indiana Pacers have relied on stingy defense all season long. That defense has recently let them down, however, as they've matched a season worst with three straight losses.
The Pacers might be poised to end that skid Wednesday night as they host a Detroit Pistons team that has lost eight straight in Indianapolis.
Indiana (26-19) is mired in its longest losing streak since Nov. 5-9, but hopes a return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse will help. The Pacers, 16-3 at home, have reeled off 11 consecutive victories in Indianapolis, their longest home winning streak since claiming 14 in a row from Nov. 28, 2002-Jan. 26, 2003.
The Pistons (17-28), conversely, are one of the league's worst road teams at 5-16, and haven't won in Indianapolis since Jan. 29, 2008.
Indiana's defense has been one of the league's best allowing 90.2 points per game, but it's surrendered 100 or more points in each of its last three. It allowed opponents to reach triple digits only six times in its first 42 games....