Pacers vs. Pistons Pick
After a big loss last night will the Detroit Pistons bounce back at home when they host the Indiana Pacers at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Pacers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 200.5 points. The Pacers have won five of their last six against the Pistons, going 4-2 against the spread in those games.
The Pistons can’t seem to string games together, as they suffered a 122-108 loss to the Wizards last night. Detroit has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games and is now 14-14 on the year and 14-14 against the spread. Detroit is typically a defensive team and is giving up just 96.6 points per game, but somehow allowed 122 points to Washington last night. Offensively, Detroit is averaging only 99.3 points per game. Andre Drummond averages 14.4 points and 13.7 rebounds per game to lead Detroit while Tobias Harris is the leading scorer at 16.2 points per game.
Indiana is coming off a 102-95 loss at New Orleans on Thursday night. The Pacers have lost their last two games to fall to 13-14 on the season and they are just 11-16 against the spread. Indy is averaging 104.2 points per game this season but giving up 106.4 points per game on defense. Paul George is leading the team with 21.6 points and 7 rebounds per game while Myles Turner is averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Indy has some depth issues tonight with Monta Ellis continuing to be sidelined by a groin injury while Rodney Stuckey is out with a hamstring injury. They both averaged over 9 points per game.
Both teams are playing their third game in four days so it could be an ugly contest tonight. While Detroit looked awful last night, their poor defensive performance will certainly not be forgotten by Stan Van Gundy. Expect him to have lit into the Pistons last night, which should lead to a motivated effort tonight. Detroit has won and covered after its last five games. Look for it to happen again tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS -4