76ers vs. Pistons Pick
Will the Detroit Pistons stay strong at home and pick up a sizable win over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -9.5 points against the 76ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 213 points. The Pistons have won four of their last five meetings with Philadelphia, covering in those four wins. However, the 76ers own the only win this year, 97-79, at home on Dec. 11.
Detroit is coming off a 105-84 loss at Indiana this weekend to drop to 23-28 on the season. However, the Pistons have been good at home, posting a 14-10 mark. Detroit is also 23-28 against the spread this season. On the season, Detroit scores 101.1 points per game while allowing 102 per game. However, that improves to 103.3 on offense and 99 on defense when playing at The Palace. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 16.5 points per game while Andre Drummond is adding 14.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest.
Philly has lost three straight and five of their last six to drop to 18-32 overall. The 76ers are also just 6-17 on the road this season. Despite the losing, Philly has managed to cover the spread regularly, going 29-21 against the spread on the season. Philly averages just 100.5 points per game on offense this season while giving up 106.4 on defense. On the road, the 76ers allow 108.8 per game. Joel Embiid has been leading the team with 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, but he is out tonight because of a knee injury. Jahlil Okafor is also questionable to play with a knee injury. Robert Covington, who averages 11.3 points, is also questionable to play because of a hand injury.
I am not a big fan of the Pistons giving up nearly double-digit points, but I think they can cover tonight. Philadelphia is a team that has been competitive when healthy, but the injuries are again piling up. Without Embiid and possibly without Okafor, Drummond should be able to dominate the glass and the pain in this game and carry Detroit to a win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS -9.5