On Friday night, the Detroit Pistons (16-64) will attempt to get a win as they have lost 11 out of their last 13 games when they take on the Indiana Pacers (34-64). Coming off of a 123-108 loss to Brooklyn as 11-point underdogs, Indiana is 6-4 in its last ten games against Detroit.
Indiana currently holds a record of 34-46 for the season, having committed 21.2 fouls per game and shooting 79.0% from the free-throw line. Their assist rate stands at 26.9 times per game (6th in basketball), and they lose possession through turnovers 14.9 times per contest. Throughout this campaign, Indiana has scored 9,279 points (116.0 per contest) while pulling down 41.5 rebounds per contest. On offense, they are connecting on 46.8% from the field, ranking 23rd among basketball teams.
Indiana is giving up 37.2% on 3-point shots (991 of 2,662), and 80.0% from the free throw line on a nightly basis, ranking them 27th and 28th in the league, respectively. Furthermore, Indiana ranks 30th in points given up per game with 119.2, forcing 15.1 turnovers per game while allowing teams to shoot 48.5% from the field (24th in NBA)
Detroit enters this game with a record of 16-64 on the season, an average score of 110.5 points per outing (29th in NBA) and shooting 45.5% from the field (45.5%). As a team, they are connecting on 35.1% of shots from distance (912 of 2,595) and hitting 77.0% from the free throw line; together, they have made 1,840 assists this season which ranks 26th for passing efficiency; they turn it over 15.0 times per contest and commit 22.2 personal fouls per night as a unit.
On defense, the Pistons force 13.6 turnovers per game while drawing 21.0 fouls. They concede 36.2% from 3-point range and rank 28th in NBA opponents' PPG (118.8). As a unit, they allow 49.0% shooting percentage (3,452 of 7,044) and 44.7 rebounds per contest; ranking 19th overall in assists allowed this season with 2,062.
The Pacers have won two out of three of the previous matchups.
The Pistons have lost 11 of their last 13 games. On offense, they have struggled lately, scoring only 105 points per game over their last three contests. Their ball movement on the road could be stronger, and they don't rebound the ball as well as the Pacers do, so don't expect many easy scoring chances against them. On the road, they've been careless with the ball, which could provide easy scoring opportunities for the Pacers, who average eight steals per game at home. While not stellar defensively, the Pacers should be able to contain Detroit's cold-shooting offense. The Pacers have had their share of struggles lately but are currently on a roll offensively, scoring more than 118 points per game over their last three matches. Additionally, they are showing great aggression on offense glass, which should lead to more scoring chances down the stretch. The Pistons boast one of the worst defenses in the league and haven't played well recently, giving up more than 120 points per game over their last three games; pick Indiana to cover the spread.
Bet the over in this one.
Bet the Over in this game, the Pistons are mailing it in and will not score a lot of points in this game, but the Pacers will score over 120 and you have to figure the Pistons to score somewhere in the 100-110 point range.
📅 Date: Friday, April 7
🕚 Game Time: 7:10 pm
📺 How to Watch: NBA
Venue: Bankerslife Fieldhouse
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