Arena: Little Caesars Arena
Home Floor: Detroit Pistons
COVID-19 can throw your best plans out of the window and so has things transpired for the NBA. After a low caseload of COVID-19 earlier in the season, the numbers have grown 5-6 times since the start of the week. One of the teams that will play here in Detroit Pistons has already had a game postponed against the Bulls due to COVID-19 outbreak. Here, they will face the Houston Rockets in an East-West tussle. The Pistons have not won in around a month now, the Rockets are eleven games below the 50% win mark but have fared much better than the Pistons, having five more wins. Can Detroit at least scrap one win after such a long time? To have a look at the “Total” prediction, jump to the “Expert Betting Tips” section. To peek at a simple overview, tap over to “Notes”.Get Your Sign-Up Bonus!
Two vulnerable teams
Offensive dynamics: Pistons have improved offensively considering how terrible it was earlier in the season. Still, despite a couple of 110+ points games recently, they find themselves struggling to reach 100 on many occasions. With Jerami Grant gone, the offense has taken a further hit but Cade Cunningham has improved a lot. On the other hand, the Rockets offense has suffered in the last two games largely due to the absence of Christian Wood, who scores around 17-25 points a game on a regular basis. While Eric Gordon is still there, Wood can open up more opportunities on the offensive end.
Defensive dynamics: These two teams are not among the elite groups by far on defensive end. Both squads give up 112 or more at a regular clip and again without Wood, the Rockets defense struggles even more. Pistons lack discipline on the defensive end and that is understandable since there are many youngsters in the lineup. Pistons allow teams to shoot around 48% and have sat at the bottom of the stats in that regard. The Rockets are a better perimeter defensive team, allowing just 33.5% from three, which is among top-six teams while Nets give away 38% from long-range which is the joint-worst effort along with the Trail Blazers.
Match-ups: Rockets need Christian Wood back for this game to jam up the paint and get some rebounding. If he plays then he will match-up against a feisty Isaiah Stewart of the Pistons. The most interesting match-up can shape up to be between Eric Gordon and Cade Cunningham at the guard position and that may as well define the game. With Garrison Matthews, DJ Augustin, and JaeSean Tate in Rockets, Pistons present Saddiq Bey, Hamidou Diallo and Killian Hayes, I think these match-ups are even stevens. Houston has surprisingly a deep bench with Kenyon Martin and Josh Christopher combining for around 30 recently while Trey Lyles and Frank Jackson have also been high-yielding for Detroit recently.
Here are some quick-hitter related to the game.
- Pistons have scored 113, 104, 93, 116(OT), 103(OT) in the last five games;
- Pistons have allowed 122, 116, 109, 119(OT), 114 in the last five games;
- Rockets have scored 103, 89, 132, 106, 114 in the last five games;
- Rockets have allowed 116, 124, 126, 113, 114 in the last five games;
- Rockets have compiled seven wins and seven losses at home;
- Pistons have lost 12 games in a row. They last won against Indiana at home in mid-November;
- Cade Cunningham has scored 26 or more in three of the last six games. He has been the leading scorer with Grant out;
- Kenyon Martin Jr. has scored in the 13-15 points range for the last three games Isaiah Stewart has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in four of the last six games. He is the Pistons’ rebounding leader;
- Josh Christopher has scored in the 12-17 points range in three of the last five games;
- Christian Wood has missed the last two games. His status is unclear for this game;
- Jerami Grant will miss games at least till mid-January it seems;
- Do check the injury list before placing your bets.
Expert Betting tips
Points Range: These are not two great defenses so a likelihood for a high-scorer only grows. The Pistons and Rockets have both allowed 110-120 points on a continuous basis. On the offensive end, Pistons have had a harder time getting to 110 or so than the Rockets but a lot of Rockets’ production also depends upon whether Christian Wood plays here or not. If Wood plays then I think the Points Range can be 215-227 if he doesn’t then 212-226(Not much of a difference it seems).
Prediction: So many scenarios have shifted since the Pistons last won a game. It has indeed been too long. Rockets have also hit a wall after winning seven in a row to begin the month but that has been largely due to Wood’s absence. If Wood plays here then I give the Rockets a 67% chance to win, if he doesn’t then I think their chances go down to 51% which can spell a close game. I believe the scoreline can read as something like 113:105 for this game.
- Total 2 106.5 Over for 1.82;
- Total Points: Over 215.5 for 1.90;
- Points Spread: HOU Rockets +1.5 for 1.90.