The Detroit Pistons (25-29) will be at home in Little Caesars Arena when they go head-to-head with the Washington Wizards (24-32). Detroit opened as a 3.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 220 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019.
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The Wizards were victorious over the Chicago Bulls in their last game, 134-125, covering as 2-point favorites. Bradley Beal was the top scorer from either team with 31 points on 13-for-21 shooting. Washington made 12 of their 27 three pointers (44.4 percent). Chicago, meanwhile, was 6-24 (25.0 percent). The two teams combined to put up 259 points, which was well over the O/U total of 227.
The last time the Pistons played, they comfortably covered the 8-point spread against the New York Knicks, 120-103. Detroit received a boost from Andre Drummond, who was the team’s leading scorer with 29 points on 12-for-15 shooting. Detroit played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 27.5 (above their season average of 24.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.564 (above their season average of 0.500). New York was 22.2 and 0.494, respectively, for those same stats. The two squads collectively scored 223 points, which finished well over the projected point total of 204.5.
These two teams have met twice already this season, each winning once. Blake Griffin led both teams with 29 points in the most recent contest, in which the Pistons lost 101-87, unable to cover as 5.5-point underdogs. The two teams combined to score 188 points, which was 27 points below the projected point total of 215 points. The Wizards played a flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.6 and a superb free throw rate of 0.266. For those same stats, the Pistons were 4.8 and 0.182, respectively.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Washington games have finished over 60.7 percent of the time, while games involving Detroit have gone under 57.4 percent of the time. Both teams have middling straight up (SU) records (24-32 for Washington; 25-29 for Detroit), but the Pistons hold a slight edge against the spread (ATS). Detroit is 25-28-1 ATS, while the Wizards are 24-31-1.
It might be a sloppy game for the Detroit offense. Detroit ranks 21st in the league in ball protection (turnover percentage of 13.7 percent), while the disruptive defense of Washington forces the fourth-most turnovers in the NBA (15.2 percent). Opposite tempos will be on display in this showdown. The fast-paced Wizards rank fifth in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Pistons rank 21st.
Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Pistons, ATS Winner – Pistons, O/U – Over
The Pistons rank eighth in rebounds allowed per game (43.8) while the Wizards rank 27th (47.6).
Washington averages 18.9 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Detroit ranks 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.3).
Detroit ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (27.7) while Washington ranks 20th (32.7).
Washington ranks 20th in blocks per game (4.8) while Detroit ranks 28th (3.9).
Detroit is 12-16-1 ATS at home, while Washington is 8-21 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 15 of the Pistons’ 29 home games, while 16 of the Wizards’ 29 road games have gone over.
In games where they allow less than 100 points, Detroit is 8-2 and Washington is 8-0.
The Wizards are 23-27 when they reach 100 points, while the Pistons are 22-19.
The Wizards rank 13th in fast break points per game (14.2) while the Pistons rank last (9.3).
Detroit ranks third in second chance points allowed per game (11.2) while Washington ranks 26th (14.3).
The Wizards rank fifth in assists per game (26.5) while the Pistons rank 26th (22.4).
The Wizards average 49.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Pistons rank 24th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.0).
Washington ranks fifth in steals per game (8.7) while Detroit ranks 24th (6.9).
Detroit is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Washington is 2-3 ATS with 5 overs.
The Pistons have outscored opponents by an average of 10.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Detroit has lost by an average of 1.6 points.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 125.2 points per game (11.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 129.4 points per game (12.8 above their season average).