Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/3/13
Detroit Pistons (7-10) at Miami Heat (14-3)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -10.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat can make it 11 straight wins tonight if they can get past the Detroit Pistons.
The Heat have won 13 of their last 14 games and their last 10 straight after taking down the Bobcats by 99-98 on Sunday. LeBron James put up a usual efficient performance of 26 points on eight of 13 shooting, while Dwyane Wade added 17 points, but it was Chris Bosh who really kept the win streak alive by nailing a trio of late threes to win the game. Coach Spoelstra will be happy with the win, but disappointed that his team had to fight back till the last second despite leading by double digits in the first half. Miami is now 14-3 on the season and 9-1 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Pistons have lost six of their last nine but are coming off a 115-100 win over the 76ers thanks to a monster night from Andre Drummond who racked up 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals. Josh Smith added 20 points on eight of 14 shooting and Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 12 assists as the Pistons poured in 40 points in the first quarter before putting the game to bed with a 70-46 lead at halftime. With the win, Detroit improved to 7-10 on the season and 5-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games.
Head to head, the Pistons are 9-20-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven.
The Heat really didn't deserve to win their last game against the Bobcats, but as it stands, they are riding a 10-game win streak into this game which isn't too bad, even by their standards. However, if the Heat aren't focused against the Pistons tonight, I could see them losing this game outright so I'm actually going to take the Pistons with the hefty spread in this one.