Detroit Pistons (21-17) at New Orleans Pelicans (19-19)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -7 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Detroit Pistons could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 101.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 101.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.2 points and two assists. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Drummond is grabbing 14.9 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost their last four road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 110.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.5 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.9 points and 12.6 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 25.6 points and 10.3 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight home games.
The Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central. The Pistons are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New Orleans and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing some decent basketball over the last couple of weeks and are the healthier team heading into this game. The Pistons have had issues on the road all season long, have failed to cover their last four on the road and may be without Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson. That's too many injuries for me. Give me the Pelicans and the reasonable line.