Grizzlies vs. Pistons Pick
Will the Detroit Pistons snap out of their funk when they host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pistons are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Grizzlies. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 185.5 points. The Grizzlies have won and covered the spread in two straight against Detroit.
Detroit has dropped three straight in rather embarrassing fashion. They have lost by at least 14 points in all three games, including a 113-82 loss at Chicago on Monday night. The Pistons are now just 14-16 on the season and 14-16 against the spread. Detroit is known for defense, but they have given up at least 105 points in these last three games. They are allowing 97.4 points per game on the season now while scoring just 98.4 points per game. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 15.9 points per game while Andre Drummond is averaging 14 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Memphis is coming off a 112-109 OT loss to the Celtics at home last night. The Grizz have lost and failed to cover in three straight as well, dropping to 18-12 on the year and 15-15 against the spread. Memphis is averaging just 96.8 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 97.2 points per contest. Marc Gasol is leading Memphis with 19.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while Mike Conley is adding 18.4 points and 5.8 assists per game.
While the Grizzlies are in a funk, the Pistons are playing worse. I don’t trust Detroit to give 7 points to anyone right now. They just are playing too poorly on defense and don’t have the consistent scoring to make up for that. Memphis is 18-12 for a reason and the Pistons are 14-16 for a reason. Go with Memphis plus the points.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES +7