The Detroit Pistons (7-43) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (15-35) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Portland and televised on ROOT. The Pistons are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kings. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Pistons vs Trail Blazers
The Pistons Are Coming Off A Win
The Pistons’ most recent matchup against the Kings saw Jaden Ivey lead the Pistons with 37 points while shooting 13/23 from the field. Alec Burks also added 25 points as the Pistons won the game by a score of 133-120.
As they prepare to face the Trail Blazers, the Pistons are 7-43 on the season and are hoping to get back to .500. On the road, the Pistons are 3-20 while going 4-23 at home.
So far, Detroit’s ATS record is below .500 at 24-25. On the road, the Pistons have an ATS record of 12-11 compared to a 12-14 record vs. the spread at home.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Trail Blazers lost to the Nuggets with a final score of 112-103. the Trail Blazers entered the second half with an advantage, leading with 63-60.
Coming into today’s game against the Pistons, the Trail Blazers have an overall record of 15-35 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. When playing on the road, the Trail Blazers are 6-22 compared to a 9-13 record at home.
Portland holds a .500 ATS record for the season, standing at 25-25 ATS. Portland has covered the spread in two consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 11-11 at home as opposed to 14-14 on the road.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 113 points per game (23rd) throughout 50 games games.
On offense, the Pistons are 23rd in the league in scoring at 113 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 114.3 points per game compared to 111.9 at home (17th).
Detroit has been one of the more efficient teams inside the arc, ranking 8th in two-point field goals made. Overall, they are shooting 47% from the field (14th).
Despite being 8th in pace, the Pistons are just 16th in assists (26.4). They have also struggled from three-point range, ranking 29th in made threes and 21st in three-point shooting percentage.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
In 50 games games, Portland has an average of 108.4 points per game (29th).
When it comes to scoring, the Trail Blazers have been below the NBA average in 74% of their games this season. On the year, they are 29th in scoring at 108.4 points per game. However, when playing at home, they have averaged 111.5 points per game.
Portland’s offense has been reliant on three-point shooting, as they are 17th in three-point attempts but just 30th in two-point shooting percentage. Overall, they are 29th in field goal percentage at 44%.
In terms of pace, the Blazers are 19th in the league at 98.2 possessions per game. They have also struggled to get assists, ranking last in the NBA at 22.6 per game.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 122.3 points per game (27th). In the terms of takeaways, Pistons are causing 14.9 turnovers per game, ranking 29th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 18th in rejections, averaging 4.9 blocked shots each game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
In terms of defense, Trail Blazers is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 116.6 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Trail Blazers are forcing 13.9 per game, which is 24th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 23rd in blocked shots at 4.6 per game.
Key Players For The Pistons And Trail Blazers
In today’s game, we anticipate Jaden Ivey leading the scoring for the Pistons, contributing 15 points while shooting 5/12 from the field. This season, he is averaging 15.2 points per game along with 3.9 boards.
As for Portland, Anfernee Simons is projected to be the primary scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 3 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 44.1%, and he is contributing 23.2 points per game on average.
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Trends
- The Pistons are 3-0 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- When looking at their past three home matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 103 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
- The last three games that Portland was favored, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
Pistons vs Trail Blazers Prediction
Coming in as the underdogs at +5.5, we have the Pistons as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 229.5, and our model predicts the Pistons and Trail Blazers to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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