Pelicans vs. Pistons Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons, 12/9/18 NBA Predictions & Odds

Will the Detroit Pistons be able to snap their losing streak today when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 3:30PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

501 New Orleans Pelicans at 502 Detroit Pistons

Sunday, December 9, 2018

3:30PM ET – Little Caesars Arena

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at, the Pelicans are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Pistons today. The over/under total is listed at 226.5 points. The public betting currently has 56 percent going on the Pelicans on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Pelicans struggling on the road

The Pelicans are coming off a 107-103 loss at home to Memphis to wrap up a 3-game home stand. They come into today’s game 13-14 overall, 3-10 on the road, 12-15 against the spread and 16-11 with the over.

New Orleans puts up 118.1 points per game on offense while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The Pelicans are struggling on defense, though, as they are giving up 115.9 points per game while opponents shoot 46.7 percent from the floor. Anthony Davis is averaging 27.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.87 blocks per game for the Pelicans this season. Jrue Holiday is adding 20.4 points and 9.1 assists per contest.

Pistons on a skid

The Detroit Pistons are coming off a 117-111 loss at home to the 76ers for their third straight loss. They are now 13-10 on the season, 9-5 at home, 12-11 against the spread and 12-11 with the over.

Detroit hasn’t been a very good shooting team despite averaging 109.4 points per game. They shoot just 42.9 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from the arc. Defensively, Detroit is holding opponents to 109.8 points per game and they have the top 3-point defense in the league, as opponents make just 31.1 percent from the arc. The Pistons are beat up right now, as guard Ish Smith is out for at least a month while Reggie Bullock (ankle) and Stanley Johnson (knee) are both questionable for this game. Blake Griffin is leading the team with 25.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while Andre Drummond adds 18.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per contest.

NBA Betting Trends

New Orleans

The Pelicans are 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss.


The Pistons are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games against the West, but 0-4 ATS in their last four games when playing on 1 day of rest.


New Orleans may not be great on the road, but they match up well with the Pistons. The Pelicans have won their last three against Detroit and Anthony Davis is able to neutralize Drummond and take a big piece from the Pistons. With Detroit lacking in scoring without some key role players at guard, I think the Pistons will have a hard time keeping pace with the high-scoring Pelicans.

NBA Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -1.5

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