Don’t miss out on the NBA showdown between the Pistons and Celtics. The game is starting at 7:30 ET on NBCS, and it’s hosted by the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 231.5 points, and the Celtics are favored to win at home against the Pistons.


The Pick: Detroit Pistons +16.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Thursday, December 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-108 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jaylen Brown finishing with Jaylen Brown points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.8% and knocking down 16 threes.

Will Detroit Shock Everyone at TD Garden?

When looking at the Pistons’ overall record this season, they are currently 2-28, and this includes an 0-9 mark against teams from the Western Conference. On the road, Detroit is just 1-14 this season and 6-9 ATS.

As they take on the Celtics today, they are 16.5-point underdogs and have also dropped 24 straight games as the underdog. For the season, Detroit’s average scoring differential on the road is -13.5 points per contest.

Against the spread, the Pistons are 10-19, and they have covered in three straight games as the underdog. On the road, their ATS record is 6-9, and they have an average scoring differential of -9.6 PPG as the visiting team.

When looking at the over/under lines for their games this season, the average over/under line is 227.4, and their games have combined to average 230.1 points per contest. The over/under record for the Pistons this season is 18-12.

In their last game, Detroit lost to the Nets by a score of 118-112. The Pistons were 6.5-point underdogs heading into that matchup and ended up covering the spread.

In their most recent game, the Pistons put up 112 points on the Nets. They shot 44.4% from the field and hit 9 three-pointers. Cade Cunningham led the way for the Pistons with 41 points while Bojan Bogdanovic added 23.

On defense, the Pistons come into the game ranked 26th in the league in points allowed at 120.8 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 121 points per contest (11th). Detroit’s defense is currently forcing 15.8 turnovers per game, which is 29th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 15th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.2 rejections per game.

Will the Boston Defense Show Up at Home?

As the Celtics get set to take on the Pistons, they come into the game with an overall record of 23-6, which has them in 1st place in the Eastern Conference. In their last game, Boston took down the Lakers by a score of 126-115.

Today, they are favored by 16.5 points and have an average scoring differential of +15.6 PPG at home this season. Against the spread, Boston is 9-4 at home and have covered in two straight games at home.

When favored, Boston has gone 21-6 this season and have an average scoring differential of +9.6 PPG in these games. Their average over/under line this season is 227.7, and the over/under record for their games is 16-13.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics have gone 19-4 in their 23 games vs. conference opponents and have an over/under record of 6-3 when the over/under line is higher than today’s line of 231.5.

The Celtics come into this game after scoring 126 points in their last game against the Lakers. Overall, they shot 50.5% from the field and made 13 three-pointers. Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring, averaging 26.9 PPG, while Jaylen Brown is close behind with 22.6 PPG.

Coming into the game, the Celtics defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 24.1% of their games. Currently, they are 3rd in the NBA at 109.9 points per game allowed. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Celtics defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 50.2% while allowing 37.0% from downtown.