Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (22-42) at Detroit Pistons (29-36)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Pistons -8.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Chicago Bulls could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 17.1 points and 3.2 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.2 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls haven’t won a road game since January 20. 

The Detroit Pistons also need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 103.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 19.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 15.1 points and 15.8 rebounds. Ish Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have split their last eight home games.

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The Bulls are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pistons are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Detroit, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls are no longer the covering machine they were about a month ago, and the defense seems to be taking an even bigger step back. However, I'm not sure how anybody can lay decent sized chalk with a Detroit Pistons squad that's lost four straight, can't score the basketball with any consistency and is falling deeper and deeper out of the playoff race. It won't be long before the Pistons season is finished and the regular season becomes pointless. The Pistons are a disappointing team with failed expectations, while the Bulls are an energetic club that sometimes forgets they're supposed to be tanking. I'll take the points here, even if it's more of a fade from the Pistons.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Bulls +8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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