Feb 1, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace. Detroit won 117-99. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Detroit Pistons (25-51) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (28-47)

With Michigan set to take on the biggest fugazi in all of college basketball and Wichita State tightening the noose on Louisville in the Final Four, this is probably going to be the least-viewed Timberwolves game of the year. So good luck, Rick Adelman in getting win #1,000 tonight.

After the Wolves blew the Pistons out 105-82 in Detroit a little over a week ago, it’s tempting to think the Wolves would blow the doors off them again. But it’s unlikely, however improved the Wolves shooting has been since the return of Chase Budinger, the Wolves are going to hit 14 3s tonight like they did March 26th.

Pistons probable starting lineup:

PG Rodney Stuckey

SG Brandon Knight

SF Kyle Singler

PF Andre Drummond

C Greg Monroe

One reason is the Pistons will be with Stuckey and Drummond this time around. Jose Calderon has missed some time with a triceps injury, but should make his return this evening.

Drummond is a per 48 beast who can’t make 50% of his free throws, but will make a perfect pair with Monroe and Singler on the Pistons Frontcourt of the Future. But Pek should give them both more than they can handle.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Andrei Kirilenko

PF Derrick Williams

C Nikola Pekovic

The free throw woes were many more than just Ricky’s 1-2 trip to the line in the waning seconds of the Wolves loss to Toronto last night at Target Center. Kirilenko struggles were pretty brutal to behold, as well.

But beyond the beating themselves at the line, the Wolves can take a stab at Rick Adelman’s stuck on Herman Cain’s Tax Plan Win Total (999) and make the front page of local sports sections (maybe) one more time before the end of the year. Detroit offers a glimpse of the positivity on the Wolves roster.

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