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Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics - 11/3/13

Boston Celtics (0-2) at Detroit Pistons (1-1)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -9.5 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds

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Two old rivals collide as the Detroit Pistons square off against the Boston Celtics from the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday night.

Head to head, the Celtics are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Detroit while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the Underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Pistons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall, but the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics - 11/3/13

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The Detroit Pistons suffered their first loss of the season on Friday night as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-108 in overtime. The Pistons, who cruised to a comfortable win over the visiting Washington Wizards in their season opener, looked impressive in their showdown with the heavily favored Grizzlies, despite coming away with the loss. Newly acquired Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey led the way with 19 points apiece, although Smith was 7-23 from the field. Will Bynum also added 18 points while Greg Monroe chipped in with 16 of his own.

Despite holding a sizeable lead, the Boston Celtics weren’t able to register their first win of the season in their home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. The Celtics looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory after leading by as many as 22 points in the second half, however,  the Bucks would go onto outscore the home team 34-15 in the final term to ruin Brad Stevens home coaching debut. One of the bright spots for Boston’s has been the early play of big man Vitor Faverani, who became the first Celtics player with at least 12 points, 6 blocks and 18 rebounds in a game since Robert Parish in 1980.

I thought the Pistons were going to struggle to score this season, but they have done anything but in the first two games. Boston also didn’t look that bad offensively against the Bucks until only scoring 15 points in the fourth, but they still got to 98 in the end. There’s every chance this game goes under, but I’m going against the grain here and taking the over…

Dan’s Pick: Over 191

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