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Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA: Friday, November 8, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana, 7:00 PM ET
The Detroit Pistons bounced back from a pale display in a road loss to the Washington Wizards with a home victory over the New York Knicks. The Pistons now improved to a 4-5 record and are in the 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They will be looking to get a win here and improved to .500, but are underdogs in this encounter.
The Indiana Pacers recorded the third consecutive home win and fourth in the last five games as they beat the Washington Wizards. With four wins in five games, the Pacers improved to a 4-4 record, and are in the 7th position in the East.
The Central Division rivals already met twice this season, and Detroit won both meetings. Indiana will be eager to get a victory on Friday and improve to over .500 for the first time in this campaign.
The Pistons beat the Knicks thanks to another commanding display from DrummondDetroit wasn’t good offensively in a road defeat to the Washington Wizards, but that changed at home where they defeated the New York Knicks, 122-102. The Pistons kept the visitors to 43 points in the second half and scored 58 in return. They have even three players in 20+ points, and Andre Drummond dominated yet again. Drummond posted a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, along with team-high seven assists. Tony Snell added 24 (9/9 from the field and 6/6 from downtown), while Markieff Morris scored 22. Luke Kennard had an excellent all-around display with 12 points, nine boards, and seven dishes. Derrick Rose (right hamstring) and Tim Frazier (shoulder) will miss this encounter with Indiana, while Reggie Jackson has a stress reaction in his lower back and will be out for the next month.
Tony Snell became the first Piston EVER to make at least six 3-pointers and shoot 100% from the field. He is just the ninth player in NBA history to do this.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 7, 2019
Watch his night. #DetroitBasketball pic.twitter.com/lG4SgOnQZD
"They just depend on me to go out there and do what I do best, and shoot the ball. The best way to do it is to have ball movement," Snell said. "They're very confident in me. I'm confident as well."
This season, the Pistons have the 20th offense in the NBA that averages 108.8 points per game, and they are facing the Pacers' 8th defense that allows 106.4 points per contest. The Pistons are 27th in rebounds with 42.4 and 15th in assists with 24.1 per game. Detroit is the 2nd best team in field goal percentage (47.7%) and 3rd from beyond the arc (39.7%).
The Pacers scored season-high 121 points in a win over the WizardsIndiana bounced back from an overtime road loss to the Charlotte Hornets with a comfortable home victory over the Washington Wizards. The Pacers had even seven players in double digits in a 121-106 win. T.J. Warren led the bunch with 21 points; Doug McDermott followed him with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon each recorded a double-double. The Lithuanian posted 13 points and game-high 17 boards, along with seven dimes and two steals. Brogdon had 12 points and game-high 13 assists. Jeremy Lamb (ankle) will probably miss the game with Detroit after missing the duel with Washington, while Myles Turner (ankle) will likely sit out his fifth straight game, but he's close to returning to the floor.
Doug was locked in 🔒— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 7, 2019
19 points | 4-of-6 from deep pic.twitter.com/b9FXAEBGZm
"I can shoot it anywhere," McDermott said. "I'm excited to just make some shots. It's always good."
The Pacers have the 19th offense in the NBA that averages 109.0 points per game, and they are facing the Pistons' 17th defense that allows 111.2 points per contest. The Pacers are 22nd in rebounds with 44.5 and 4th in assists with 26.0 per game. Indiana is the 4th best team from the foul line (82.1%).
- 4-0 ATS in their last four when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall
- 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Detroit:
- 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one day of rest
- 1-5 ATS in their last six road games
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Detroit already beat Indiana twice this season, and this game is a perfect opportunity for the Pacers to get a win over the Pistons. The visitors are shorthanded here because they will play without three guards (Rose, Jackson, Frazier), and I am backing Malcolm Brogdon to dominate the floor and dictate the tempo of the game. Sabonis will have a tough job against towering Drummond, but apart from Andre, the Pistons don't have many players who can hurt Indiana. I am going with the Pacers in this one, and another reason is Detroit's bad away form – they are on a three-game losing run on the road.
Prediction: Indiana Pacers -7.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
Without Derrick Rose, who is the Pistons’ 2nd top scorer, I would be surprised to see Detroit score more than 100 points. Indiana did allow even 119 points in the opening h2H tilt of the season, but their defense improved since. The Pacers kept their opponents to under 100 points in two of the previous three home games. Indiana will be highly motivated to get a little revenge for two defeats to the Pistons this season, and they can only win with a sturdy defense. The total is set at 213.5, and I am going with Under. Three of the last four H2H duels produced under 213.5 points.
Prediction: Under 213.5 (-125)