Detroit Pistons (1-0) at Washington Wizards (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -6.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The Detroit Pistons look for a 2-0 start after beating the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 90 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds while Langston Galloway is averaging 16 points and four rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Jackson is dishing eight assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
The Washington Wizards also look for a 2-0 start after beating the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The Washington Wizards are averaging 120 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 45.7 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 28 points and eight assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 25 points and six rebounds. Marcin Gortat is the third double-digit scorer and Jodie Meeks is grabbing one rebound. The Washington Wizards are shooting 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 42.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won 26 of their last 31 regular season home games. Jason Smith is questionable with a shoulder injury.
The Pistons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Pistons are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the underdog is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Washington.
Defense is clearly an issue early in the season, as it seems like no team have been able to get stops the first couple of days. Everybody has fresh legs and is knocking down shots from everywhere. So, I'm going to side with the over in this spot. The Wizards usually always put on a show at home and have one of the top backcourts in the league, while the Pistons just scored 102 points against a good Charlotte defense. The over is also 4-1 in Washington's last five games. I'm siding with the over in this spot to avoid the spread.