Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Detroit Pistons (31-31), who have been hot lately having lost only once in their last 6 games, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-34), who ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Detroit Pistons -5
Detroit Pistons have a 31-31 record (30-30-2 against the spread) so far this season and sit in the 6th place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Raptors with a 112-107 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Blake Griffin with 25.5 ppg, adding 7.9 boards and a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Andre Drummond with 17.4 ppg and a team high 15.1 boards per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 30-34 record (33-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Thunder with a 131-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 24.2 ppg, adding a team high 12.4 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.2 ppg and 4.5 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Pistons won on the road with a 123-129 score in overtime. Pistons have a 19-13 home record, while the Timberwolves are 9-24 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 112.8 ppg to Pistons’ 107.4, while Pistons are better defensively, allowing 107.8 ppg to Wolves’ 112.9. Wolves have better percentages both in field goals (45.6% to 44%) and in 3-pointers (35.1% to 34.7%). They are also better in dimes made (24.5 to 22.4), while Wolves are better in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.5) and both teams are equal in boards grabbed (45.4 each). Pistons have been playing much better lately and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Detroit Pistons Prediction: Detroit Pistons -5 (-109)
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