The Detroit Pistons (2-24) travel to face off against the Atlanta Hawks (10-15) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at State Farm Arena. Both the Pistons and Hawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Pistons vs Hawks
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons were defeated by the Bucks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 146-114. Despite being behind at halftime 81-56, the Pistons picked up the win.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Hawks, the Pistons are 2-24 and are trying to move closer to .500. In the Eastern Conference, the Pistons are in 15th place, and they are 5th in the Central division.
Detroit comes in with an overall ATS record of 8-17 so far this season. Detroit has struggled to cover the spread in their last three road games and has an ATS record of 5-8 on the road, while it is 3-9 at home.
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hawks were defeated by the Cavaliers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 127-119. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 70-52, the Hawks picked up the win.
Over the Hawks’ last ten games, they are 2-8 and have an overall record of 10-15. When facing Eastern Conference teams, the Hawks are 7-13 and are 3-2 in non-conference games.
Atlanta currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 6-19 at this point. This season, Atlanta has a 2-9 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 4-10 as underdogs.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
The Pistons come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 108.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Pistons are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.1 possessions per game. Although the Pistons offense does a good job generating possessions, their poor shooting numbers are a key reason for their poor scoring numbers. So far, the team has an effective field goal percentage of just 51%.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Atlanta offense is the 4th ranked unit in the NBA, at 122.4 points per contest. When looking at the Hawks 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 101.3. Even though their effective field goal percentage in the NBA is on the lower side at 54%, the team’s commitment to an up-tempo playing style allows them to offset their less-than-ideal shooting figures.
Pistons Team Defense
At this time, the Pistons’ defense is positioned 25th in the NBA, permitting 120.4 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pistons are forcing 16 per game, which is 29th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 14th in blocked shots at 5.3 per game.
Hawks Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Hawks is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 122.7 points per game (28th).
For the season, Atlanta is ranked 23rd in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 22.5 free-throws per game vs. the Hawks and have an overall field goal percentage of 50.3%.
Key Players For The Pistons And Hawks
In today’s game, our projections have Bojan Bogdanovic leading the Pistons with 15 points on 6/11 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 20.6 points per game, along with 2.3 rebounds.
As for Atlanta, Trae Young is projected to be the primary scorer for the Hawks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 20, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 42.8%, and his scoring average is 28 points per game.
Pistons vs Hawks Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Pistons have a straight up record of 0-5 while going 1-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 104 points per game in this stretch.
- Across the Hawks last five home games, the team averaged 121 points per game while allowing 124. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-4, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Detroit has an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- The last ten games that Atlanta was favored, they have an ATS mark of 2-8 while going 6-4 straight up.
For a point-spread bet in this Hawks vs. Hawks matchup, we’re leaning towards the Pistons at +11. Although our projections show the Hawks winning 110-105, we suggest placing your bet on the Pistons for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 243.5 and our model has the Pistons and Hawks finishing with a combined 215 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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