The Detroit Pistons (3-30) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (15-19) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at Delta Center. The Jazz are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Pistons vs Jazz
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons were defeated by the Rockets in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 136-113. The Pistons turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 59-55.
Up to this point in the season, the Pistons are 3-30 and are hoping to reach .500 vs. the Jazz. In the Eastern Conference, the Pistons are in 15th place, while in the Central division, they are 5th.
Detroit’s ATS record sits below .500 (12-20). This season, Detroit has a 0-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 12-17 as underdogs.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
The Jazz took down the Mavericks in their most recent game with a final score of 127-90. At the beginning of the second half, the Jazz were leading 62-55.
Coming into today’s game, the Jazz are 15-19 overall and are focused on getting a win against the Pistons. In the Western Conference, the Jazz are currently 12th and are 4th in the Northwest Division.
Utah has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 20-14 against the spread. As the favorite this season, Utah is 4-1 vs. the spread while going 16-13 as the underdog.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 110.4 points per game (26th) throughout 33 games games. When looking at the Pistons pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.3. The team’s offense could be a candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only do they generate an above-average number of possessions, but they are near the top of the league in made 2-point field goals per game.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
Utah has recorded an average of 113.8 points per game (19th) throughout 34 games games. In terms of pace, the Jazz are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.4 possessions per game. Even though the team adopts an up-tempo pace, there is room for improvement in their scoring efficiency, as they rank 26th in the league in terms of overall field goal percentage, currently at 53%.
Pistons Team Defense
The Pistons’ defense is presently ranked 26th in the league, allowing an average of 121.7 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Pistons are causing 15.8 turnovers per game, ranking 30th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 17th in rejections, averaging 5.1 blocked shots each game.
Jazz Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 117.9 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.4% from downtown.
Key Players For The Pistons And Jazz
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Cade Cunningham is set to be the main scorer for the Pistons, recording 21 points and shooting 8/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 23 points per game, along with 4 rebounds.
As for Utah, Lauri Markkanen is projected to be the primary scorer for the Jazz. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 48.7% and is averaging 23.2 points per contest.
Pistons vs Jazz Trends
- Through their last five road contests, the Pistons offense has averaged 117 points per game while allowing an average of 133. Detroit posted an overall record of 0-5 while going 2-3 ATS.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Utah has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 119 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have gone 3-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the Jazz have an ATS record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
The Pistons come in as the underdog at +8.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 239.5 and given that our model is projecting 217 points between the teams, we like the under.
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