Detroit Pistons (18-40) at San Antonio Spurs (28-28)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -8 - Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons invade the AT&T Center to do battle with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
The Detroit Pistons have been in a rut as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night’s 127-117 road loss to the Mavericks. Jerami Grant led the team with 26 points on nine of 16 shooting, Cory Joseph added 24 points with five assists while Mason Plumlee chipped in with 13 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by double-digits after getting outscored by 34-22 in the second quarter and they just couldn’t make much ground in the second half where they trailed by as many as 17 points before rallying late.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been in decent shape lately as they’ve won four of their past seven games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Heat in a 107-87 home loss last night. DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 15 points, Derrick White added 13 points with seven assists while Dejounte Murray chipped in with 11 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they got off to a solid start to take the narrow lead going into halftime, before getting completely blown out in the second half where they were outscored by 56-34. Rudy Gay scored just six points on two of nine shooting while Keldon Johnson scored just nine points on three of eight shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days' rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall, the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio and the Pistons are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio.
The Pistons have been low on troops and low on confidence lately as they’re coming into this one fresh off a loss to the Mavericks, while the Spurs were starting to turn their season around before getting stopped by the Heat last night. These two squads have already met once this season with the Spurs winning by 109-99 back on Mar 15 and I’m expecting a similar result with the Spurs winning again.