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Pistons vs. Hawks - 1/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (27-8) at Detroit Pistons (12-23)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)

The Line: Detroit Pistons +2.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, FSDT

The Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons square off Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Atlanta Hawks have won six straight games and play their fourth road game of the month. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 102.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.7 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 17 points and 8.1 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 49.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks are simply a downright scary basketball team that’s played lights out over the last month. The Hawks are getting the job done defensively, as they’ve allowed 43 percent shooting in their last five games. The Hawks have won 18 straight games when holding their opponent under 100 points.

Pistons vs. Hawks - 1/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Pistons hope to keep the ball rolling after winning seven straight since trading Josh Smith. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 97.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while Brandon Jennings is averaging 14.1 points and 6.3 assists. Andre Drummond is grabbing 13.3 rebounds and D.J. Augustin is shooting 38.5 percent from the field. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 47.4 percent from the field and allowing 42.2 percent shooting in their last five games. All of a sudden, the Pistons are playing to their potential and may start thinking playoffs if they can keep it up. It’ll be interesting to see just how long this can continue.

The Hawks are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Pistons are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 home games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I really, really like the way the Hawks have been playing and we've made some big money off them recently. However, the Pistons were a sleeper playof team before the season began and are finally starting to play like it now that Josh Smith is no longer around. A red hot Pistons team at home with the free points? I have to take Detroit in this spot. 

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