Pistons vs. Pacers Prediction
Will the Detroit Pistons be able to put up a fight against the streaking Indiana Pacers when the two division foes meet up tonight at 7PM ET?
513 Detroit Pistons vs. 514 Indiana Pacers
Friday, December 28, 2018
7PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 205 points. The public betting for this game currently has 64 percent going on the Pacers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pistons hoping to get hot
The Detroit Pistons are coming off a 106-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, but they haven’t won back-to-back games since Dec. 1. Detroit is 16-16 on the season, 5-8 on the road, 16-15-1 against the spread and 18-14 with the under.
Shooting has been an issue for the Pistons this season. They average 108.3 points per game, but shoot just 43.6 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Pistons are giving up 109.1 points per game, but they have the top 3-point defense in the NBA. Opponents hit just 31.9 percent from the arc against them. Blake Griffin is leading the team with 25.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Andre Drummond is adding 17.7 points and 15.4 rebounds per contest.
Pacers keep rolling
The Indiana Pacers are coming off a 129-121 win at Atlanta on Wednesday for their third straight win and 11th win in 13 games. The Pacers have also covered the spread in four straight games. Indiana is 23-12 on the season, 12-5 at home, 20-15 against the spread and 22-13 with the under.
Indiana comes into this game with the league’s best defense. The Pacers play a slow tempo and allow just 101.2 points per game while holding opponents to 43.7 percent shooting. They also allow the fewest rebounds per game in the NBA. When it comes to offense, Indiana is putting up 106.8 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from the arc. Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game to lead the Pacers while Bojan Bogdanovic is adding 16.4 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pistons are 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 road games, but just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on 1 day of rest.
The Pacers are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games following a win and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 against Central Division teams.
This doesn’t seem like a good matchup for the Pistons. A team that can’t shoot well will see limited possessions against this Indiana team, which has been able to control the tempo of play against most opponents. The Pacers make the most of their limited possessions, but I don’t see Detroit being able to do the same. They just don’t have the shooting to consistently match what Indiana will do.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -6.5