Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/14/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (34-32) at Washington Wizards (30-34)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -1.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
The Pistons have won three of their last four games and will look to build on Saturday's 125-111 win over the lowly 76ers. Reggie Jackson led the charge with 24 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 23 points while Tobias Harris had 21 as the Pistons dominated the second half by 73-54 to blow past the 76ers and improve to 34-32 on the season which is currently good enough for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, just 1.5 games behind the Pacers who are currently in seventh place. After Monday's game at Washington, the Pistons return home for a nine-game homestand which will be their chance to string some wins together and climb up the standings.
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Meanwhile, the Wizards have lost their last five games and are in real danger of missing out on the playoffs following Saturday's 116-100 loss at Denver. Otto Porter Jr. led the scoring with 23 points, John Wall added 19 points and 11 assists while Garrett Temple had 12 points as the Wizards led by eight points going into the fourth quarter. That's where things got real ugly, real quick as the Nuggets went on an 18-2 run to steal the lead and the game from the Wizards. With the loss, Washington falls to 30-35 on the season which leaves them 3.5 games behind Detroit who currently occupy the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record, while the Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Pistons are 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall and a dominant 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Washington.
The Wizards will be eager to snap out of their funk with a big win tonight, but I just don't see that happening as the Pistons have been in much better form and would need this win to stay in the playoff picture.