Philadelphia 76ers vs. Detroit Pistons - 3/29/14
Detroit Pistons (26-45) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-57)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers hope they can snap their losing streak tonight against the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Head to head, the Pistons are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The 76ers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 6-22 ATS in their last 28 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Pistons on the other hand are 21-9 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 23-11-1 ATS in their last 35 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Just how bad have things gotten in Philly? Well, the 76ers tied an NBA record with their 26th consecutive loss following their 120-98 decision in Houston on Thursday night. This young squad hasn't experienced a victory since the 29th of January and are two games away from going winless in two straight months.
While the Detroit Pistons have been one of the biggest disappointments this season and have dropped nine of their last 12 overall, they have defeated and covered the spread in four straight and six of seven against Philadelphia. That includes the three meetings this season with an average winning of 14 points per contest.
Here's something for you. The 76ers have covered the spread in each of their last six against the Eastern Conference while the Pistons are 0-5 in their last five against the East. However, Philly is just 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400 while Detroit is 21-9 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400.
This pick is tougher than you think because the 76ers have played ok at home of late, sticking around against Chicago and losing by a combined eight points against New York and Indiana. Plus, they should be a little more motivated tonight given that a loss would mean 27 straight. Alas, Detroit doesn't want to be the team that snaps Philly monsterous losing streak. Not confident about this pick at all, but I'm going with Detroit to make it a season sweep...
Dan’s Pick: Detroit -5.5
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