Memphis Grizzlies (18-32) at Detroit Pistons (23-26)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -8 -- Over/Under: 203 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons meet Thursday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Memphis Grizzlies could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 99.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.5 points and five assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing three rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won a road game since December 31.
The Detroit Pistons have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since December 22-26. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Andre Drummond is averaging 14.8 points and 15.3 rebounds while Ish Smith is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 assists. Reggie Bullock is dishing 1.2 assists and Stanley Johnson is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost five of their last six home games.
The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Grizzlies are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Detroit, 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Memphis Grizzlies are playing better basketball, but they're still not playing well enough to trust against decent teams. The Detroit Pistons have a new roster and will be playing Blake Griffin for the first time, but they have far more talent than the banged up Grizzlies. The place is also going to be packed, giving the team a certain type of energy we haven't seen. I'll take the Pistons to blow the Grizzlies out on their home court.