Boston Celtics (3-2) at Detroit Pistons (0-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +9.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Boston Celtics look for a win to build on their 3-2 record. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 49.9 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 28 points and 3.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.
The Detroit Pistons need a win to rebound from an 0-4 record. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 111.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 120.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jerami Grant is averaging 22.8 points and six rebounds while Josh Jackson is averaging 17.3 points and two assists. Blake Griffin is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Rose is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Pistons are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Celtics last 9 overall. The over is 35-16 in Pistons last 51 home games. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit.
The Boston Celtics are the better team here obviously and should be favored, but this is a massive number, especially considering how shaky the Celtics have been defensively out of the gate. The Detroit Pistons can't win games, but they've been somewhat competitive and all four of their losses have been decided by 10 or less points. The Pistons can do just enough to keep this within the number. Give me the points.