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Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat - 1/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons
Date & Time Friday January 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Detroit Pistons -2 -- Over/Under: 207.5
TV Channel
FSS, FSDT
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NBA | Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons
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The Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons meet Friday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Miami Heat need a nice road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 106.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 17.7 points and four assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 assists. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have split their last eight road games.

The Detroit Pistons need a feel good win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 106.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 25.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 16.7 points and 15.1 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is dishing 2.4 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost seven of their last 10 home games.

The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Pistons are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-16 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Southeast. The Heat are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Pistons last 5 overall. The over is 8-3 in Heat last 11 overall.

The Miami Heat have won five of the last seven meetings against the Detroit Pistons and enter this contest as the better team. The Pistons honestly shouldn't be favored against most teams in the league when you consider they've lost seven of their last 10 and can never get anything going offensively. The Miami Heat are coming off a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but they're still 12-7 ATS on the road and have been a really profitable team these last few weeks with their turnaround overall. We know what we're getting the Pistons, a team that can't score and plays uninspired half the time. Assuming the good Heat team shows up this time, they should win. I'll take the free bucket with the better team.

Pick:
Miami Heat +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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