Celtics vs. Pistons - 12/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (3-15) at Boston Celtics (4-11)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -4 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, CSNN
The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics play Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Detroit Pistons have lost nine straight games and are clearly one of the biggest disappointments in the league. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 91.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Brandon Jennings leads Detroit with 16.4 points and 5.8 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. Josh Smith is shooting 37.7 percent from the field and Andre Drummond has 20 rebounds in his last two games. The Detroit Pistons offense is shooting just 40.9 percent from the field in their last five games and have topped 100 points just once this season. The Pistons lack of offense is the reason for their struggles, as they’ve now lost 20 of their last 23 games when scoring less than 100 points.
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The Boston Celtics have lost five straight games and look for their first home win in nearly a month. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 107.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads Boston with 17.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 16 points and 8.4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo is dishing out 10.5 assists and Avery Bradley has 29 points in his last two games. The Boston Celtics are allowing teams to shoot 38.4 percent from downtown in their last five games and have lost seven straight games when allowing 100-plus points. The Celtics have shown they can score and shoot a high percentage but their lack of defense has killed any early momentum and has resulted in this long losing streak.
The Pistons are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Pistons are 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Somebody has to win, right? The Celtics are a top 10 scoring team in the league and the Pistons would struggle to score on a middle school team. Give me the home team and the small chalk.