The Detroit Pistons are headed to the 2019 NBA playoffs after defeating the New York Knicks, 115-89, at Madison Square Garden on April 10. The Pistons finished as the eighth, and final, seed in the Eastern Conference after the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Orlando Magic, 114-122, at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. With the exception of the 2015-2016 tournament, in which they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round by 4-0, the Pistons have not qualified for the NBA playoffs for nearly a decade. In the 2008-2009 opening rounds for the NBA finals, they also lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, again with a score of 4-0.
The team’s initiation into this year’s playoffs is met with a match against the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed, Milwaukee Bucks, for one of seven possible games expected to take place at both Little Caesars Arena and Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Many are speculating that the Pistons’ presence in the championship will be short lived, as the Bucks swept the Pistons in the four-game series of the regular season.
Looking to score tickets to one of the games? While Game 1 and 2 will take place at the Fiverse Forum — the first game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 14 — Game 3, on April 20, and Game 4, on April 22, will be held at the 20,5000-seat Little Caesars Arena. Tickets for both Detroit games go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 12th on pistons.com and ticketmaster.com.
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