The New Orleans Pelicans (19-19) will be at home in Smoothie King Center when they clash against the Detroit Pistons (21-17). The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, January 8, 2018, and will air on Fox Sports – Detroit.
Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Pelicans lost big to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-98, while the Pistons defeated the Houston Rockets, 108-101.
Detroit played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.267 (above their season average of 0.166) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.587 (above their season average of 0.509). For those same stats, Houston was 0.111 and 0.506, respectively. New Orleans, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the free throw line (26-28; 92.9 percent). DeMarcus Cousins played a key role for New Orleans with 23 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Tobias Harris had a good outing for Detroit, putting up 27 points and eight rebounds.
It could be a mistake-prone game for the New Orleans offense. New Orleans ranks 26th in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 15.2 percent), while the pesky defense of Detroit forces the fifth-most turnovers in the league (15.4 percent).
Vegas tends to set the total high when the Pistons are involved, as 60.5 percent of their games have finished under the total. Detroit holds records of 21-17 straight up (SU) and 21-15-2 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Detroit, games including the Pelicans tend to finish over the projected point total (57.9 percent). Further, New Orleans is 19-19 SU and 21-17 ATS.
This series was highly competitive last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the most recent game, the Pelicans won 109-86. New Orleans did a terrific job of making free throws (22-23; 95.7 percent). Detroit, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (6.0 vs. 13.7). This will be the first contest of the year between these two teams.
Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Pelicans, O/U – Under
The Pistons rank 12th in three pointers allowed per game (27.9) while the Pelicans rank 26th (30.9).
Detroit ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (7.9) while New Orleans ranks 26th (13.9).
The Pistons rank fourth in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.6) while the Pelicans rank 23rd (18.4).
New Orleans ranks 12th in blocks per game (4.8) while Detroit ranks last (3.3).
New Orleans ranks second in points in the paint per game (50.4) while Detroit ranks 19th (42.3).
The Pelicans rank second in assists per game (26.4) while the Pistons rank 25th in assists allowed per game (24.3).
The Pistons rank fourth in second chance points allowed per game (10.8) while the Pelicans rank 22nd (13.1).
Detroit ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while New Orleans ranks 28th (8.8).
When allowing under 100 points, New Orleans is 7-0 and Detroit is 11-4.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Pelicans are 17-13 and the Pistons are 18-5.
New Orleans is 9-9 ATS at home, while Detroit is 11-8-1 ATS on the road.
Of the Pistons’ 20 road games, they have 13 unders, 6 overs and 1 push.
The Pelicans have 12 overs and 6 unders in 18 home games.
In their last five games, Detroit and New Orleans are both 2-3 ATS.
The Pistons have 4 unders and 1 over over their last five games, while the Pelicans have 3 unders and 2 overs
During their last five games, the Pistons have scored an average of 94.4 points per game (7.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.4 points per game (0.2 below their season average).
The Pelicans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.6, up from 0.3 for the season.