Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets - 12/21/13
Houston Rockets (17-9) at Detroit Pistons (13-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +2.5 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets will be looking to bounce back from last night's loss when they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight.
The Rockets have won four of their last seven but head into Detroit tonight with their tails between their legs as they were humbled by the Pacers by 114-81 last night. Dwight Howard led the way with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, while Chandler Parsons added 14, but James Harden struggled his way to 12 point on three of 14 shooting which was really how the entire game was for the Rockets because the Pacers were just so physically tough in the paint and no one could handle it other than Howard. With the loss, Houston drops to 17-10 on the season and 6-7 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Pistons headed into Charlotte with a bit of confidence after winning three of four, but were completely ambushed last night when they surrendered a 20-point lead in the second quarter by allowing the Bobcats to score 41 points in the fourth quarter, the most fourth-quarter points in franchise history. Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points, Josh Smith added 18 and Andre Drummond had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. With the loss, Detroit drops to 13-15 overall this season and 6-9 at home.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Pistons are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Rockets are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall, but the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven.
The Rockets lie and die by the three point shot and last night was a prime example of what happens when the threes aren't dropping. Houston made just four of 22 from distance which really allowed the Pacers to stay compressed defensively and I get a feeling that it could be more of the same tonight against the Pistons, so I'm actually taking the home team with the points in this one.