Celtics vs. Pistons Prediction
Can the Boston Celtics continue their hot streak when they go on the road to face the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7PM ET?
505 Boston Celtics at 506 Detroit Pistons
Saturday, December 15, 2018
7PM ET – Little Caesars Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the game is listed at 212.5 points. The public betting currently has 71 percent going on the Celtics as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Boston hottest team in NBA
The Celtics are on an 8-game win streak coming into tonight and they have covered the spread in all eight games, including the 129-108 win over the Hawks last night at home. The Celtics are 18-10 on the season, 9-7 on the road, 15-13 against the spread and 16-12 with the over.
Boston has one of the best defenses in the NBA. They rank fourth in scoring (103.8 ppg) and second in defensive field goal percentage (43.8). Offensively, Boston is putting up 111.8 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Al Horford is out for tonight’s game due to a lingering knee injury, but Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is adding 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
Pistons on big skid
The Pistons have lost six straight games coming into tonight, including a 108-107 loss at Charlotte on Wednesday. They are just 1-5 against the spread in the six games. Detroit is now 13-13 on the season, 9-6 at home, 13-13 against the spread and 14-12 with the under.
Detroit has been struggling on offense this year, averaging 109 points per game while shooting just 43.3 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from the arc. Defensively, Detroit is giving up 110.2 points per game, but holding opponents to a league-best 32 percent shooting from the arc. Blake Griffin is leading the team with 25.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while Andre Drummond is adding 18.2 points and 15.4 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Celtics have covered the spread in four straight road games, but they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games when playing on no rest.
The Pistons are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against Atlantic Division opponents.
Boston did play last night, but it wasn’t a terribly challenge game with the Hawks and they run a deep bench, so I don’t expect them to be impacted too much tonight. They will be outmatched in the paint by the Pistons, but Detroit has hit a real funk and their lack of outside shooting has been a big problem. That won’t be resolved tonight against the Celtics, who should be able to dominate this game with their guard play.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -2.5