Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics Prediction 3/18/2024

The Detroit Pistons (12-55) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (53-14) on Monday, March 18th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

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The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Evan Fournier led Detroit with 18 points against the Heat, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 45.8% in the game. Cade Cunningham finished 2nd on the team with 17 points, but Detroit ended the game with a 104-101 loss.

So far this season, the Pistons have gone 12-55 and are hoping to surprise everyone as +16 point underdogs. At home, the Pistons have gone 7-28 compared to 5-27 on the road.

Against the spread, Detroit have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 34-32 ATS. As the favorite this season, Detroit is 3-4 vs. the spread while going 31-28 as the underdog.

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

The Celtics won vs. the Wizards in their most recent game, ending with a score of 130-104. Celtics’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -14.5-point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 226.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.

Coming into today’s game against the Pistons, the Celtics have an overall record of 53-14, putting them above .500. In games against Eastern Conference teams, the Celtics are 34-7 and are 19-7 in non-conference games.

Boston is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 34-30. This season, Boston has a 32-29 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 2-1 as underdogs.

Pistons Offense Breakdown

Through 67 games games, Detroit is averaging 112 points per game (23rd).

When it comes to pace, the Pistons are 8th in the NBA, averaging 100.1 possessions per game. In terms of scoring, Detroit is 23rd in the league at 112 points per game. However, they have scored more on the road (112.7) compared to at home (111.3).

So far this season, the Pistons have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 31.3% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Detroit is 19th in the league at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are 21st in three-point shooting at 35%.

When it comes to free throws, the Pistons are 16th in the NBA, averaging 17.3 makes per game. In terms of assists, Detroit is 18th in the league at 26.3 per game. In terms of offensive rebounding, the Pistons are 11th in the NBA.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

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The Celtics come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 121 points per game (2nd).

Heading into their game against the Pistons, the Celtics are one of the NBA’s most potent offenses, ranking 2nd in scoring at 121 points per game. At home, they have been even better, averaging 123.5 points per game.

So far this season, Boston has been one of the league’s most prolific three-point shooting teams, leading the NBA in three-point makes per game at 16.5. Overall, they are 3rd in three-point percentage at 38%.

When it comes to pace, the Celtics are 18th in the NBA at 97.7 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th at 48%. However, they are one of the league’s worst teams in terms of two-point attempts, ranking 30th.

Pistons Team Defense

On defense, the Pistons are ranked 26th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 64.2% of their games. Inside the arc, the Pistons defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.6% and 37.3% from three-point territory.

Celtics Team Defense

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 6th in the league, allowing an average of 109.6 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.8% and 34.4% from three-point territory.

Key Players For The Pistons And Celtics

Our projections for today’s game indicate that Cade Cunningham will be the primary scorer for the Pistons, with 22 points and going 8/18 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.2 points per game, along with 4.3 rebounds.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27.1 points per game.

Pistons vs Celtics Trends

  • Across their ten previous road games, Detroit has an ATS mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 111 points per game.
  • In their last five home games, Boston has averaged 120 points per game while allowing 106. The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 4-1 vs. the spread.
  • As the betting underdog, the Pistons have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. Detroit posted a straight up mark of 2-8 in these matchups.
  • Boston has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.

Pistons vs Celtics Prediction

In this Pistons vs. Celtics matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Pistons at +16. While we project the Celtics to win 119-109, our recommendation is to bet on the Pistons for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 226, and our model predicts the Pistons and Celtics to score a combined 228 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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