Pistons and Nets kick off home-and-home set in Jersey

Only one of Detroit's six wins this season has come on the and-home set.

The Pistons and Nets will then meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday.

Detroit is just 1-12 away from home this season and is winless in its previous seven games as the guest. It hasn't tasted victory on the road since a 98-81 triumph at Charlotte on Jan. 13, but will try to extend its current winning streak to a season-high three games in the Garden State. In Saturday's 89-87 win versus New Orleans at The Palace, Greg Monroe led the way with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and is averaging 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in his last eight games. Monroe is second in the NBA in offensive rebounds (101) and ranks ninth in the NBA in double-doubles with 13 this season.

"It's more or less effort; that's basically it," Monroe said about his performance. "That's what everybody preaches, effort and position. That's something I take pride in, so what you see on the court is just me working hard, trying to do my job."

Rodney Stuckey posted 17 points for Detroit, which has won two in a row since a seven-game slide and last won three straight from April 6-10, 2011. The Pistons are only 4-14 versus the East this season and will begin a three-game homestand versus the Nets, Wizards and Spurs at the end of the week. Detroit rookie Brandon Knight left the game with a broken nose after taking an elbow to the nose halfway through the first quarter. He is probable for tonight.

Ben Gordon and Will Bynum are still nursing injuries and their status for Wednesday's game is unknown. Gordon has been sidelined the last 10 games with a sore left shoulder and Bynum has missed 14 in a row with a strained right foot tendon.

The Nets have dropped three in a row and five of their last six games, including Monday's 108-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the second quarter to lower back spasms and New Jersey still couldn't take advantage.

Deron Williams ended with 25 points and five assists for the Nets, who fell to 3-8 as the host this season and are in the midst of playing six of eight games in Newark, NJ. Sundiata Gaines and Jordan Farmar scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in a losing effort. Kris Humphries added 10 points and nine boards, and is averaging 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

After the Nets visit Detroit on Friday they will head back home for back-to- back games versus the Spurs and Grizzlies. New Jersey is 6-13 against teams from the Eastern Conference and 8-18 overall this season.

New Jersey won the first meeting with Detroit, 99-96, last Wednesday behind 26 points and nine assists from Williams. Humphries added 18 points and eight rebounds, while the Pistons were led by 21 points from both Monroe and Tayshaun Prince. The Nets have won four of the last six matchups with Detroit.

The Pistons are winless in four straight trips to the Garden State.