Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (11-20) at Detroit Pistons (17-15)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace on New Year's Eve.
The Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 11 games but were able to put a halt to a four-game skid with a solid 94-80 win over the Jazz last night. Karl-Anthony Towns led the scoring with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points while Ricky Rubio directed the offense with 10 points and 17 assists as the Wolves took full advantage of a shorthanded Jazz team. In a low scoring game, the Wolves were the better team on defense, holding the Jazz to 35 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers to win easily and improve to 12-20 on the season and 5-12 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Pistons have split their last six games and are in danger of losing a fourth straight game after falling to the Knicks by 108-96 on Tuesday. Ersan Ilyasova led the scoring with 19 points, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris added 17 points each while Andre Drummond had 13, but no other player finished in double figures as the Pistons started well, but faded in the 58-47 second half dominated by the Knicks. Brandon Jennings played scored seven points with four assists in 17 minutes in his season debut and will likely have his minutes ramped up sooner rather than later.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall, while the Pistons are 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Timberwolves are 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Detroit.
The Wolves have surprised a few teams on the road this season, but I really like the Pistons to snap out of their funk and come away with the win at home where they're 10-5 on the season.