Pistons vs. Celtics Pick
Can the Detroit Pistons deal with a quick turnaround when it takes on the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are the clear favorite in this game, as Boston is getting odds of -7.5 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the game is listed at 197.5 points. The Celtics won a meeting in Detroit on Nov. 19, 94-92. These two have split their last six meetings, but Boston is 4-2 ATS in those six games.
The Pistons are coming off an impressive 112-89 win at Charlotte last night to move to 9-10 on the year and 2-8 on the road. The Pistons are also now 9-10 against the spread this season, covering in all nine victories. Detroit has won three of its last four, showing a surprising scoring output in the wins, posting at least 107 points. Detroit is averaging just 98.3 points per game for the season while holding opponents to 96.6 points per contest. Andre Drummond was ejected early from last night’s game, but still averages 14 points and 12.9 rebounds per game to lead the team.
The Celtics are coming off a 112-104 win at Miami on Monday to move to 10-7 on the season. The Celtics have won and covered in four of their last five games now and they are 10-7 against the spread. Boston is putting up 104.5 points per game on offense while allowing 103.4 points per game. Isaiah Thomas is leading the Celtics with 26 points and 6.4 assists per game. Al Horford didn’t play in the last game due to the birth of his child, but he is expected back tonight. Horford is averaging 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in the seven games he has played in.
Both teams come in playing well, but the Pistons are coming off a game last night and they are just 1-3 against the spread on no rest this season. Detroit still is just 2-8 on the road despite last night’s win and now they play a Celtics team that has looked very strong in the last 10 days. Look for Boston to remain strong at home and pick up a win and cover over the Pistons.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS -7.5