Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Friday March 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago +3.5 -- Over/Under 218.5
The Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls do battle at the United Center on Friday night.
The Detroit Pistons have been in great form lately as they’ve won 10 of their past 12 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Timberwolves in a 131-114 home win on Wednesday. Andre Drummond led the team with 31 points, 15 rebounds and three assists, Luke Kennard added 21 points, while Ish Smith chipped in with 19 points and five assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 53 percent from the field and 14 of 33 from the 3-point line as they fell into an early 16-point deficit late in the first quarter before they responded with 38 points in the second quarter, but they couldn’t get into the lead until the fourth quarter where they outscored the Timberwolves by 41-26 to make it look easy in the end. With the win, Detroit improved to 32-31 overall which is currently good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in pretty good shape themselves as they’ve won six of their last nine games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the 76ers in a 108-107 home win on Wednesday. Zach LaVine led the team with a game-high 39 points on 14 of 26 shooting, Robin Lopez added 19 points while Otto Porter Jr. chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 44 percent from the field and six of 23 from the 3-point line as they came back from a 10-point deficit to upset the 76ers behind LaVine who scored 13 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter. With the impressive upset win, Chicago improved to 19-47 overall and 8-25 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points, 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Bulls are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games, 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games against a team with a losing road record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a win.
Head to head, the home team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Chicago.
The Pistons have been playing some of their best basketball of the season as they’ve sprung to life with 10 wins in their last 12 games and they will be full of confidence after blowing out the Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Bulls were the doormats of the league for most of the season, but they’ve been surprisingly good lately with LaVine putting up big numbers. The Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, so I’m happy to lay the points in this one.