Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons
|Date & Time||Sunday March 10, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Little Caesars Arena
The Line: Detroit -8.5 -- Over/Under 217
The Detroit Pistons play host to the streaking Chicago Bulls at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Bulls have sprung to life with six wins in their last 10 games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling short against the Pistons in a 112-104 home loss on Friday. Zach LaVine led the team with 24 points on nine of 18 shooting, Otto Porter Jr. added 23 points with eight assists while Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 51 percent from the field and five of 17 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by 66-49 at halftime, but they managed just 14 points in the third quarter and were hopeless in the fourth quarter where the Pistons poured on 43 points to steal the game. With the loss, Chicago fell to 19-48 on the season and 8-26 at home.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been playing their best basketball of the season as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after taking down the Bulls in a 1112-104 comeback win on Friday. Blake Griffin led the team with 27 points on 10 of 19 shooting, Reggie Jackson added 21 points while Andre Drummond racked up a monster double-double of 20 points with 24 rebounds. As a team, the Pistons shot 54 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line, but they had to rally in the second half after sleepwalking through a lacklustre first half effort. With the impressive comeback win, Detroit stayed red-hot and improved to 33-31 on the season which is currently good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 0-5 ATS in their last five against the NBA Central and 0-5-1 ATS in their last six road games against a team with a home record above .600. The Pistons are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the Bulls are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Bulls are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Detroit.
The Bulls were on a nice run for a while there when LaVine went on that red-hot scoring binge, but he’s cooled off a bit lately, along with the rest of the Bulls while the Pistons have continued to pile on the wins. It was a tale of two halves back on Friday, so I guess you could make an argument for either side, but the Pistons are surging right now and they've already beaten the Bulls three times this season, so that's where I'm leaning in this one.