26. Detroit Pistons

Record: 1 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 25
Last Week's Results: L @ Indiana, 79-91 (Mon); L vs. Cleveland, 89-105 (Wed); L @ Boston 85-96 (Fri); W vs. Indiana, 96-88 (Sat)
This Week: vs. Orlando, Monday (1/2); vs. Chicago, Wednesday (1/4); @ Philadelphia, Friday (1/6); vs. New York, Saturday (1/7)

For the Pistons, Saturday night's win over the Pacers is encouraging. Indy has a pretty solid squad this year. The Detroit win also came just six days after the Pacers beat them in their debut. Still, we're not sold on this being anything other than a lottery team at the end of the season right now. So, look for them to slowly make a descent down this list as the year goes on. That should start next week with the Magic, Bulls and Knicks all on the schedule. Tough luck, Pistons fans. —Chris Yuscavage