Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (10-19) at Detroit Pistons (5-23)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +2.5 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers go for a season-high third straight win when they visit the Detroit Pistons tonight.
The Indiana Pacers struggled for most of the season, but they're suddenly in for a strong chance of getting a third straight win after clipping the Pelicans by 96-84 on Tuesday. Roy Hibbert had a nice outing with 14 points and a season-high seven blocks, while David West and Solomon Hill added 13 points each, but the story of the night was George Hill who scored 15 points in his return from a 28-game absence. It wasn't a massive win because the Pelicans are arguably the most inconsistent team in the league, but it was great seeing the Pacers looking so energized in Hill's return. With the win, Indiana improves to 10-19 overall and 6-8 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have lost their last four straight to drop to a miserable 5-23 on the season which, to put into perspective, is just one win better than the league-worst 76ers. In Sunday's 110-105 loss to the Nets, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points while Andre Drummond added 18 points and 20 rebounds but Josh Smith had another quiet outing of just 13 points and I guess that was the straw that broke the camel's back because he has since been let go by the Pistons and looks to be on his way to sign with the Rockets. This really looks like a win-win sitation for everyone because the change of scenery could rejuvenate Smith's career and the only way for the Pistons franchise is up.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 3-0-2 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six road games, while the Pistons are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall and 15-36 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Detroit.
The Pistons continue to disappoint me on a nightly basis while the Pacers look to be on the up, so I'm taking the visitors in this one.