Indiana Pacers (19-14) at Detroit Pistons (18-14)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -2 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons duke it out at the Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night.
The Indiana Pacers have split their last six games but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Nets in a 123-119 overtime win on Saturday. Victor Oladipo continued his breakout season with a game-high 38 points on 13 of 23 shooting, Myles Turner added 23 points with nine rebounds and six blocks while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 52 percent from the field and 10 of 23 from the three-point line as they poured in 70 points in the second half to rally back from a 19-point deficit and win it in overtime. With the win, Indiana improved to 19-14 overall and 11-7 at home where they snapped a three-game losing streak.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in solid form as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be looking to build on Friday’s 104-101 win over the Knicks. Tobias Harris led the team with 24 points and five assists, Andre Drummond added 18 points with 15 rebounds while Reggie Bullock chipped in with 14 points. It was another balanced scoring effort from the Pistons who had seven players finish in double digits in scoring but the game went down to the wire and it was the Pistons who closed the game on a 9-2 to run away the win to improve to 18-14 overall and 10-5 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. Meanwhile, the Pistons are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 2-5 ATs in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Detroit and the Pacers are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
The Pacers have been a little below their last in their last six games or so, but there’s no doubt that Oladipo is having a great season and he looked great in the overtime win on Saturday. However, the Pistons are really starting to build some momentum again and a win over the Pacers would do wonders for their confidence given their lack of success against the Pacers in recent seasons. The Pacers have covered in seven of their last eight road games and I think that trend continues tonight as they pull off the minor upset as road underdogs.