Pistons vs. Pacers Pick
Can the Detroit Pistons even up the standings with the Indiana Pacers when the two meet tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pacers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the game is listed at 208.5 points. The Pacers have won and covered the spread in five straight against the Pistons, including three meetings this year.
Indiana is coming off a 100-88 loss at Charlotte on Monday to drop to 32-31 on the season. Indy is in the sixth spot in the East by one game over the Pistons and Bulls. Indiana went 2-3 in its five-game road trip and the Pacers are now 29-33-1 against the spread this season. Indiana is averaging 104.9 points per game on offense while allowing 105.9 on defense. At home, the Pacers are averaging 106.7 on offense while giving up103.1 on defense. Paul George has been leading the team with 22.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while Jeff Teague is adding 15.3 points and 8 assists per contest.
The Pistons are coming off a 109-95 win over the Bulls at home to move to 31-32 on the season and into a tie for the seventh spot in the East. The Pistons are also 31-32 against the spread this season, going just 12-19 ATS on the road. Detroit averages 102.1 points per game on offense and allows 102.1 on defense. On the road, Detroit only puts up 99.6 per game on offense and gives up 104.6. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 16.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while Andre Drummond is adding 14.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per contest.
The Pistons aren’t a team I can really trust on the road. They tend to come out flat on both ends. They also have been dominated by the Pacers this season, losing by an average of 13.6 points. Indiana just has the matchup advantage here and the Pistons don’t have enough offense to make this one happen.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS -4