The Indiana Pacers (12-8) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (2-20) on Monday, December 11th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Little Caesars Arena and televised on BSD. The Pacers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bucks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Pacers vs Pistons
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
The Pacers clinched a 128-119 win over the Bucks in their previous game. Going into the second half the Pacers held the lead at 63-51.
As they prepare for today’s game, the Pacers are looking to extend their three game winning streak. Overall, the Pacers are 12-8 and have gone 10-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. In non-conference games, they are 2-1.
Currently, Indiana holds an above .500 ATS record of 12-8 so far this year. Indiana has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 5-3 on the road as opposed to 7-5 at home.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Pistons fell to the Magic by a score of 123-91. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 58-44, the Pistons picked up the win.
When playing teams from the Eastern Conference, the Pistons have gone 2-12 and are 0-8 in non-conference games for an overall record of 2-20 this season.
This season, Detroit holds an ATS record of 8-13, which also includes their two game losing streak against the spread. This season, Detroit has a 0-2 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 8-11 when playing as underdogs.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 128.4 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. So far, Indiana is averaging 103.5 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 1st team in made field goals per contest.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 108 points per game (28th) throughout 22 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.2 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 12th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Pacers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Pacers’ defense is giving up an average of 124.9 points per contest.
Indiana struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Bucks, giving up 15. For the game, Milwaukee scored 119 points in the game.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 118.2 points per game (23rd).
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pistons are forcing 16.5 per game, which is 29th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 14th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.
Key Players For The Pacers And Pistons
For today’s matchup, we project Tyrese Haliburton to lead the scoring for the Pacers, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 7/13. For the season, he has been averaging 26.9 points per game, in addition to 4.2 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Bojan Bogdanovic to be the top scorer for the Pistons. Our projection has him finishing the game with 14, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 17.7 points per game.
Pacers vs Pistons Trends
- Although Indiana has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 7-3. The team averaged 129 points per game in these games.
- Although Detroit has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 105 points per game in these games.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 0-3 and an ATS mark of 0-2-1.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Indiana has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 5-5 straight up.
For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Pacers to secure the win, with an expected final score of 117-104. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -7.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 247.5, and our model projects the Pacers and Pistons to reach a combined total of 221 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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