VS. DETROIT PISTONS
* WHEN: Tonight, 7:30.
* WHERE: The Palace, Auburn Hills, Mich.
* TV/RADIO: Channel 20, WMAL-AM 1500.
* OUTLOOK: After a strong run that carried them into third place in the Atlantic Division, the Bullets (18-23) are hurting. They lost two straight home games to mediocre teams (Indiana and Dallas). The Pistons (30-13) have problems of their own, though not as severe as the Bullets. The defending NBA champions are in a virtual tie with Chicago for the Central Division lead, but have lost All-Star guard Isiah Thomas for at least the rest of the regular season, and possibly for the playoffs, following wrist surgery.