Data: vs. Detroit Pistons at Capital Centre, 7:30 p.m.

TV: Home Team Sports.

Radio: WTOP-1500.

Records: Bullets 2-4, fourth place in Atlantic Division. Pistons 5-2, second in Central Division.

Injuries: Washington guard Frank Johnson, recovering from broken bone in his left foot, has not played this season. Swing man Kenny Green is out because of a sprained left ankle. Detroit guard Vinnie Johnson is out because of a lacerated finger on his right hand.

Bullets' first meeting with Pistons this season; they'll play again Tuesday night in Detroit. After tonight's game, singer Lou Rawls will perform, and Bullets hope to precede concert with soulful effort of their own. Bullets have lost four straight games, including all three home games of season. Darren Daye will start at small forward, with Cliff Robinson moving to power forward and Charles Jones becoming reserve.

Pistons are led by guard Isiah Thomas. The all-star performer scored 22 points and had 16 assists in the team's 122-105 victory over Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. The Pistons came from behind in that game, scoring a franchise-record 47 points in fourth quarter.

Earl Cureton has been starting at power forward, but former Bullets stalwart Rick Mahorn may replace him tonight. In either case, Mahorn will see plenty of action. First-round draft pick Joe Dumars has come on strong of late, substituting for Johnson at big guard and Thomas at point guard.