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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (23-36) at New Orleans Pelicans (32-28)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Pistons invade the Smoothie King Center to pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

The Detroit Pistons have won six of their last 12 overall but they will be eager to snap a three-game skid after falling to the Wizards by 99-95 on Saturday. Greg Monroe led the scoring with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and eight assists off the bench, but a poor start to the game saw the Pistons falling behind by 60-44 at halftime, leaving them too much work to do in the end. Perhaps it was the overtime loss to the Knicks on Friday night that led to the slow start on Saturday, but the Pistons were just sluggish right from tipoff and it cost them. With the loss, Detroit drops to 23-36 on the season which has them falling out of the logjam at middle of the Eastern standings. 

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans fell to one game behind Oklahoma City for the last place in the playoff race after they had their five-game win streak snapped by the Mavericks in a 102-93 loss on Monday. Norris Cole had a strong outing of 19 points off the bench while Tyreke Evans added 17 points and seven assists, but while the Pelicans held the advantage in the first half, it all fell to pieces in an appalling 25-13 third quarter which left them running uphill in the fourth quarter. Once again, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis were all missing from the lineup and only Davis is a chance of returning for tonight's game against the Pistons.

In ATS trends, the Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games, while the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the Pistons are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in New Orleans.

Here we have another tough game to pick, but the more I think about it, the better I feel about taking the Pelicans at home because they know how much a win would mean to their chances of stealing that eighth spot in the playoff race. 

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New Orleans -3.5

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