Today at 12:00 ET, the 14th ranked Washington Wizards (7-37) will take on the 15th ranked Detroit Pistons (5-39) in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Pistons are favored by 2.5 points and the over/under is set at 243.5.
This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and can be seen on BSDE. The Wizards (+117) have lost six straight games and will be looking to get back on track against a Pistons team that is 5-39 on the season.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS DETROIT PISTONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +2.5
This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-110 in favor of the Wizards.
- Our projections have Kyle Kuzma finishing with Kyle Kuzma points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the Wizards finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.6% and knocking down 14 threes.
No Pressure for Washington as Away Dogs
Washington is the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-37. In the Southeast Division, they are in 5th place. On the road, the Wizards are 4-19 compared to 3-18 at home.
The Wizards have lost six straight games, and they are 2.5-point underdogs today. As the underdog, they are 7-34 this season, and they have gone 2-20 vs. the spread as the underdog.
In their last game, the Wizards lost to the Jazz by a score of 123-108. The O/U line for that game was 247, and Washington was getting 7.5 points. The Wizards are 20-24 vs. the spread this season, including a 3-game ATS win streak on the road.
This season, Washington has played in games with an average O/U line of 241.1 points. Today’s line is set at 243.5, and the Wizards have gone 22-22 on the over/under. In their last three games, the under has hit for Washington.
The Wizards’ offense has been one of the most efficient in the league this season, ranking 15th in field goal percentage and 20th in true shooting percentage. They have been particularly effective inside the arc, ranking 6th in two-point field goals made per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Washington is 24th in three-point shooting percentage. However, they have been one of the most aggressive teams from beyond the arc, ranking 15th in three-point attempts.
On the season, the Wizards are 17th in scoring at 115 points per game. In terms of pace, they are the fastest team in the NBA at 102.5 possessions per game.
Coming into today’s game, the Wizards’ defense is giving up an average of 124.7 points per contest. In their previous game, the Wizards’ defense struggled against the Jazz, giving up 123 points on a field goal percentage of 51%.
Do the Pistons Have What it Takes at Home?
In their last game, the Pistons defeated the Hornets by a score of 113-106. The combined scoring for the game was 219 points, which was below the O/U line of 230. Detroit covered the spread as 2.5-point favorites.
This season, Detroit has an O/U record of 27-16-1, and the under has hit in their last two games. Today’s O/U line is set at 243.5, which is higher than 39 of their previous games.
On the season, the Pistons have an average scoring differential of -8.8 points per game at home. At home, they are 10-12 ATS, and they have covered the spread in their last five home games.
As the favorite, Detroit has a record of 1-3 straight-up and 1-3 ATS. As the favorite, their scoring differential is -7.2 PPG. This season, they are 4-36 as the underdog and 19-20 ATS as the underdog.
In the Eastern Conference, the Pistons are in 15th place with a record of 5-39. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 5-22 and 1-9 against their division. Overall, Detroit is 20-23 against the spread.
This season, the Pistons are 24th in the NBA in scoring at 112.5 points per game. At home, they are averaging 111.8 points per game.
So far, Detroit has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 27.3% of their games. They are 6th in pace at 100.6 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Pistons are 17th in field goal percentage at 47%. However, they are just 29th in three-point shooting at 35%.
Facing Washington, the Pistons aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 122.6 points allowed per game (27th). Detroit’s defense is currently forcing 15 turnovers per game, which is 29th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 17th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.1 rejections per game.