Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Smoothie King Center
The Line: New Orleans -3.5 -- Over/Under
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The Detroit Pistons pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night.
The Detroit Pistons have lost seven of their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Wizards in a 101-87 road loss on Monday. Blake Griffin led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists but he had next to no help as Reggie Bullock chipped in with 12 points and no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Pistons shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 34 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after shooting just 30 percent in the first half to trail by 50-34 going into halftime. With the loss, Detroit fell to 20-26 overall and 7-15 on the road.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have won six of their past 10 games and they will be feeling inspired after snapping a two-game skid with a 105-85 road win at Memphis in their first game without the injured Anthony Davis. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic led the team in scoring with 21 points each while Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor each scored 20 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and nine of 26 from the 3-point line, but this win was about their defense as everyone seemed to pick up the slack in the absence of Davis who obviously did so much for them. With the spirited win, New Orleans improved to 22-25 overall and 7-19 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games against a team with a home record above .600. The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a road record below .400, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall, the Pistons are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in New Orleans and 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Pistons are in a real funk lately as they just can’t string two wins together, but they will be licking their chops for this one as they hold the advantage in the paint with the duo of Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. However, the Pelicans looked great in their big win over the Grizzlies in their last outing and they are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall, so I think I’m sticking with the Pelicans get the job done at home in a close one.