Washington Wizards (25-20) at Detroit Pistons (22-21)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +1 -- Over/Under: 207.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Washington Wizards need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 9.3 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Detroit Pistons also need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.1 points and 5.2 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.8 points and 2.2 assists. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Drummond is grabbing 15 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won five of their last six home games.
The Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these teams are teams I'm trying to get behind right now, as the losses are piling up and the confidence can't be high. However, the Wizards are still the better team between the two and have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Pistons. I know Detroit has been solid at home this season, but it's easier to trust the Wizards regardless of where the game is played, and you can't ignore the history between these squads. I'll back Washington in this toss-up.