The Pistons and Celtics are set to face off at 7:30 ET on NBCS. The Celtics will host the game at TD Garden in Boston, MA. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 229.5 points, and the Celtics are favored to win at home against the Pistons.
DETROIT PISTONS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Pistons +16.5
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Thursday, December 28th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT PISTONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-109 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.
Can the Pistons Grab a Win on the Road?
Heading into today’s game, the Pistons are not only massive 16.5-point underdogs, but they have lost 27 straight games. Their overall record this season is just 2-28, and they are just 1-14 on the road.
When looking at their record vs. the spread, the Pistons are 10-19 and have covered in six of their 15 road games. Detroit’s average scoring margin on the road is -13.5 points per contest.
When looking at their over/under record for the season, the over has gone 18-12 in their games. Detroit’s games have averaged 230.1 points per contest, and their games have had an average over/under line of 227.4.
In their most recent game, the Pistons lost to the Nets by a score of 118-112. Detroit was able to cover the spread as 6.5-point underdogs, and the over/under line of 228.5 points was topped.
In their most recent game, the Pistons’ offense scored 112 points, which is close to their season average of 109.3 points per game. Cade Cunningham was the leading scorer for the Pistons in their game vs. the Nets, finishing with 41 points. Bojan Bogdanovic also added 23 points.
Coming into the game, the Pistons’ defense is giving up an average of 120.8 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 73.3% of their games. Inside the arc, the Pistons defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.7% and 37.9% from three-point territory.
Does Boston Have What it Takes at Home?
As the Celtics get set to take on the Pistons, they find themselves as 16.5-point favorites and have yet to lose a game at home this season. Their overall record is 23-6, which has them in 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
Against the spread, Boston is 14-13 and has covered the spread in each of their last two home games. When playing at home, their average scoring margin is +15.6 points per contest.
If Boston can pick up the win today, it would be their 15th straight victory at home. So far, they have been favored in 14 of their 14 home games this season.
In their last game, the Celtics took down the Lakers by a score of 126-115. The over/under line for the game was 235 points, and Boston’s average over/under line for the season is 227.7.
This season, the over/under record for their games is 16-13, and their games have gone over the projected total in each of their last four contests. The over/under line in today’s game is 229.5 points.
In their last game, the Celtics had a solid offensive showing, scoring 126 points vs. the Lakers. This is above their season average of 120.1 points per game. Inside the arc, the Celtics have been efficient, shooting 57% on two-point field goals. In terms of pace, they are 21st in the NBA with 98.1 possessions per game.
At present, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 3rd, allowing 109.9 points per game. Inside the arc, the Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.2% and 37.0% from three-point territory.