At 7:30 ET, the Pistons (3-35) will host the Rockets (18-18) in a non-conference matchup. Houston is favored by 7.5 points and is currently on a two-game losing streak. The over/under line is set at 227.5.
This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Rockets are 9th in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Southwest Division. Meanwhile, the Pistons have lost six straight and are 15th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Central Division.
HOUSTON ROCKETS VS DETROIT PISTONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Pistons +7.5
This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30 ET on Friday, January 12th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT PISTONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-109 in favor of the Rockets.
- Our projections have Jalen Green finishing with Jalen Green points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Rockets finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.1% and knocking down 11 threes.
Taking a Look at the Rockets Chances in Detroit
So far this season, the Rockets have an overall record of 18-18. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 9th place and 3rd in the Southwest Division. When playing against other teams in the West, they are 14-10 compared to 4-8 in non-conference games.
When playing on the road, Houston is 3-12 straight up and 6-8 against the spread. As the favorite, they have an average scoring differential of +10 PPG, and they have won two straight games as the favorite. Against the spread, they are 9-2 as the favorite.
The average over/under line in Houston’s games this season is 222.1, which is lower than today’s line of 227.5. For the season, their games have averaged 223.2 points per game, and the over has hit in two straight games. Their O/U record for the season is 16-20.
In their most recent game, the Rockets lost to the Bulls (124-119). Going into the game, they were 4-point underdogs, and their ATS record fell to 21-14 for the season. The combined scoring in the game was 243, surpassing the O/U line of 216.5.
So far this season, the Rockets have been a below-average offensive team, ranking 24th in scoring at 112.7 points per game. On the road, they have averaged 111.2 points per game.
Coming into this game, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 41.7% of their games. They have also struggled with their field goal percentage, shooting 46% on the season.
From beyond the arc, Houston is averaging 12.6 made threes per game, which is 17th in the NBA. Overall, they are 20th in pace at 98.4 possessions per game.
This season, the Rockets defense has been impressive, holding the 2nd position in the league while permitting an average of 110.6 points per contest. So far this season, the Rockets’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 3rd in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 26.8 times per game vs. Houston.
Can Detroit Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?
At 3-35, the Pistons find themselves in 15th place in the Eastern Conference. In non-conference games, they are 0-15 and 3-20 against other teams in the East.
As the underdog, the Pistons have gone 3-32 this season and have an average scoring differential of -11.6 points per game. They have also lost six straight games as the underdog.
Against the spread, Detroit is 14-20 as the underdog and has failed to cover in their last three games. Today, they are 7.5-point underdogs and have an ATS record of 5-12 at home.
In their most recent game, the Pistons lost to the Spurs by a score of 130-108. The game’s over/under line was 237.5, but the teams combined for 238 points.
This season, the average over/under line in Detroit’s games is 229.3, and their games have averaged 234.3 points. In 20 of their 38 games, the over/under line has been higher than 227.5.
This season, the Pistons are 26th in the NBA in scoring at 111.3 points per game. At home, they are averaging 110.2 points per game.
Coming into this game, the Pistons have scored less than the NBA average in 76.3% of their games. In their last two games, they have scored below their season average.
When it comes to pace, the Pistons are 6th in the league at 100.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 20th at 46%.
On defense, the Pistons are ranked 27th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 76.3% of their games. Opponents are hitting 55.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.4% of their three-point attempts.