Spurs vs. Pistons Pick
Will the San Antonio Spurs have any slip ups when they go on the road to face the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the San Antonio is favored on the road, as the Spurs are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Spurs. The over/under total for the game is listed at 209 points. The Spurs have won and covered the spread in four straight meetings with the Pistons, including a 96-86 win in San Antonio back on Nov. 11.
The Spurs have won four of their last five games to improve to 40-12 on the season. San Antonio also comes into tonight at 29-22-1 against the spread despite going just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games. Usually known for defense, San Antonio has a high-powered offense this season, averaging 107 points per game. The defense still holds opponents to just 98.8 per game. Over their last five games, the Spurs are giving up just 93.8 points per game. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 25.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while LaMarcus Aldridge is adding 17.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Pau Gasol, who averages 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, is out because of a finger injury.
Detroit comes in somewhat hot, winning four of their last five games, all of which were at home. The Pistons are now 25-28 on the season and 25-28 against the spread. Detroit averages just 101.7 points per game on offense while giving up 101.9 on defense. At home, the Pistons are putting up 104.4 points per game while holding opponents to 99 on defense. Tobias Harris is the leading scorer for Detroit with 16.4 per game while Andre Drummond is adding 14.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per contest.
While the Pistons have been winning lately, the wins have come against struggling teams like Minnesota, New Orleans, Philly and the Lakers. When facing top teams, but the Pistons have struggled for the most part. San Antonio is the better team in all aspects of the game. Even without Gasol, San Antonio should be able to handle this Detroit lineup and win by a comfortable margin.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS -4.5