Our Dallas Mavericks (27-33) start their second to last road trip of the season by heading to Detroit to face the lottery bound Pistons (24-30). It's odd to think that our once mighty Mavs are a mere three games ahead of the Pistons but here we are.

The Pistons are without star rookie big man Andre Drummond, who is out for the rest of the year dealing with back issues. The Mavs won the first match up way back on December 1st, 92-77. O.J. Mayo scored 27 and Elton Brand chipped in 17, while Brandon Knight put up 20 points in the loss.

The Mavericks are still technically in the playoff conversation, having not yet been mathematically eliminated, but they are still six games under .500 with only 21 games remaining. Ten of those 21 games are on the road, where Dallas has only won 10 out of 31 games.

However, they start this road trip against a struggling Pistons team, which has won only twice since the All-Star break. Though many of us are in disagreement about the route Dallas should take moving forward, we all agree the team is much better than it's record and should win against a less talented Detroit team.