Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (24-43) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-52)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers meet for the fourth and final time this season.
The Detroit Pistons were able to snap an ugly 10-game skid last night with an impressive 105-95 win over the Grizzlies despite playing without the injured Greg Monroe. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the scoring with 24 points while Andre Drummond added 16 points and 16 rebounds, but the night belonged to Reggie Jackson who broke out with 23 points and a career-high 20 assists. As a team, the Pistons were able to dominated the second half by 66-41, erasing a 15-point half time deficit and improve to 24-43 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have lost 12 of their last 15 and are coming off a 108-89 loss to the Celtics. Nerlens Noel continued his strong form with a team-high 18 points, Ish Smith added 16 points and Hollis Thompson added 13 points but the Sixers were simply blown out of the water right from tipoff as they fell behind by 38-18 after the first quarter and could never threaten to come back. The Sixers have actually been pretty competitive lately, winning two of their last five and staying within single digits in the other two losses, but this was a loss cause before halftime.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team below .400, while the 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Head to head, the Pistons are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Philadelphia and the over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings.
The ATS trends suggest that the 76ers are the team to bet on in this game, but after what I saw from Jackson last night, I have to stick with the Pistons in this one.