Pistons vs. Hawks Pick
Can the Detroit Pistons continue their current hot streak on the road when they face the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hawks are slightly favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 198.5 points. The Hawks have won and covered in three straight meetings with the Pistons.
Detroit has won back-to-back games on the road, beating the Hornets and Celtics to move to 10-10 on the season and 3-8 on the road. The Pistons are also 10-10 against the spread. The have won four of their last five thanks to an offensive surge, scoring at least 107 points in those four wins. They now average 99.4 points per game on offense while giving up just 97.5 points per contest. Detroit has had a lot of balanced scoring this season as six players are averaging double figures in points right now. Tobias Harris is the leading scorer with 17.1 points per game while Andre Drummond is averaging 14.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.
The Hawks are riding a four-game losing streak coming into this game, but returning home from a five-game road trip. Atlanta is 10-9 on the season and 6-2 at home. The Hawks are also 10-9 against the spread this season. They average 101.8 points per game on offense while giving up 99.9 points per contest on defense. The Hawks could be without Paul Millsap, their leading scorer, as he is dealing with a hip injury that has him questionable. He is averaging 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 14.5 points and 12.9 rebounds to help lead Atlanta.
If Millsap is able to play, he isn’t likely to be 100 percent. I also don’t like Howard’s matchup against Drummond. Drummond is likely to bring a physicality that Howard won’t respond well too. Detroit seems to have found its stride this week and has a balance of scorers that can match up well against the Hawks. Look for Detroit to cover again and win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS +2.5