Detroit Pistons (30-38) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (42-26)
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 PM ET
The Detroit Pistons look to get back on track when they visit the red-hot
Portland Trail Blazers. The Pistons have lost four of their last five games, including their last two while the Trail Blazers have won 11 straight games.
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gives the Trail Blazers a 72.2% chance to win or somewhere between -6.5 and -7 according to Wizard of Odds.
Jokic and Nuggets are too much for Pistons
Nikola Jokic recorded his eight triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Jamal Murray added 26 points to lead the Nuggets to a 120-113 win over the Pistons on Thursday.
Down by as many as 26 points in the third quarter, the Pistons climbed back into the game with a 27-6 run but they ran out of gas. Denver outscored Detroit 52-40 in the paint, 21-6 in second-chance points and outrebounded them 45-41. Blake Griffin finished with 26 points and nine assists and Andre Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Key stats of the Detroit Pistons:
- 102.9 points per game (25th)
- 43.2 rebounds per game (19th)
- 22.6 assists per game (18th)
- 104.4 points allowed (10th)
Players to watch:
Blake Griffin (20.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 17.5 PER)
Andre Drummond (15.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 23.5 PER)
Reggie Jackson (14.6 points, 5.5 assists, 16.4 PER)
Trail Blazers can’t stop winning
CJ McCollum scored 29 points to help the Trail Blazers get their NBA-best 11th straight game after a 113-105 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Portland led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter but Cleveland closed the gap to three points. Al-Farouq Aminu would then answer with a 3-pointer and Evan Turner added a jumper to hold off the rally.
Damian Lillard had 24 points and nine assists and the Trail Blazers outrebounded the Cavs 50-34 (13-2 in offensive rebounds).
Key stats of the Portland Trail Blazers:
- 105.9 points per game (14th)
- 45.3 rebounds per game (3rd)
- 19.3 assists per game (30th)
- 103.1 points allowed (5th)
Players to watch:
Damian Lillard (26.8 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 24.9 PER)
CJ McCollum (21.8 points per game, 17.5 PER)
Jusuf Nurkic (14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 18.0 PER)
The Detroit Pistons are:
- 1-6 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS win
- 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record
- 1-7 ATS in their last eight games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous contest
- 1-8 ATS in their last nine road games
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games
The Portland Trail Blazers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing straight up record
- 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 home games
- 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous contest
- 8-0 ATS in their last eight games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous contest
- 34-13-4 ATS in their last 51 games after a straight up win
These two teams are heading in opposite directions, the Pistons are really struggling while the Trail Blazers are on fire. Detroit has one of the worst offenses in the league and they will go up against a Portland team with the fifth-best defense in the NBA, giving up just 103.1 points per game.