Two teams sitting within the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the fifth Boston Celtics (36-21), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the eighth Detroit Pistons (26-29), who have lost only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 02-13-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -6.5
Boston Celtics have a 36-21 record (29-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Sixers with a 112-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.9 boards and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.4 ppg and 6.3 boards per game.
Detroit Pistons have a 26-29 record (26-27-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Wizards with a 121-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 26.2 ppg, adding 8.1 boards and a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 17.3 ppg and a team high 15 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Celtics lead the Pistons 2-1 wins, having won the only home game by three points. Celtics have a 22-8 home record, while the Pistons are 9-16 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.9 ppg to Pistons’ 106.5 and defensively, allowing 106.5 ppg to Pistons’ 107.9 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.4% to 43.8%) and in 3-pointers (37.1% to 33.8%). Pistons on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (45.5 to 45.1), while Celtics are better both in dimes made (26.3 to 22.4) and in turnovers committed (12.7 to 13.9). Celtics are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-108)
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