Pistons vs. Mavericks Pick
Can the Detroit Pistons bounce back from their most recent loss when they face the Dallas Mavericks on the road tonight at 8:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored on the road tonight, as Detroit is getting odds of -4.5 points against the Mavericks. The over/under total is listed at 189.5 points. The road team has won and covered the spread in five straight meetings between these two teams.
The Pistons have been up and down as of late, alternating wins and losses over their last six games, including a 97-79 loss at home to the 76ers on Sunday. Detroit is now 13-13 on the season and 13-13 against the spread. Detroit is averaging just 99.1 points per game on offense this season while holding opponents to 96.1 points per contest. The Pistons’ defensive effort ranks second in the NBA in fewest points allowed per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the last game with a knee injury but is expected back today. He is averaging 14.3 points per game this season. Andre Drummond is leading the team with 14.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest.
Dallas is coming off a 112-92 win at home over the Nuggets on Monday and the Mavs have actually won two of their last three to move to 6-18 on the season and 10-14 against the spread. Dallas has the league’s worst offense, averaging just 93.5 points per game. The defense isn’t too bad, allowing just 100.5 points per game. Dallas continues to be without a number of key players as J.J Barea, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut are all out. Harrison Barnes is leading the team right now with 20.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Pistons are coming off a really poor showing at home on Sunday against the 76ers, but Detroit has been a team that has typically rebounded well. Following their last four losses, they have responded with a win by at least 9 points, covering the spread in all four games. Look for a motivated Detroit effort tonight against a lackluster Dallas team that will have trouble stopping Drummond on the glass.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS -4.5