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Pistons vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Tuesday, March 21st
- Betting Odds ATL -12.5, DET +583 | ATL -879 O/U 238.5
The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-56. So far, the team has gone 31-40-1 against the spread. Over the Pistons current 3 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -17.0 points per game.
Detroit is trying to bounce back from a 112-100 loss to the Heat. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Detroit was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Heat by 12 going into halftime. In the loss, James Wiseman led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 76.9%.
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 35-36, while going 31-39-1 vs the spread. Looking back on Hawks’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 120 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.
The Hawks are coming off a dissappointing 126-118 loss to the Spurs. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 10 points. Atlanta let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Dejounte Murray, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Hawks picked up a 118-113 win over the Pistons. However, heading into the game, Atlanta was favored to win by 7.5 points, giving the Pistons and ATS victory. So far this season, the Hawks have a record of 3-0 vs the Pistons. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pistons averaged 113.0 points per game vs Atlanta, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Pistons saw a boost in scoring, the Hawks averaged 111.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Detroit. This figure was similar to season-long average. Although the Pistons have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Atlanta, as they averaged 119 points per game while allowing 113. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 232 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Detroit offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 110.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. If the Detroit offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.4 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Detroit has had its problems giving up an average of 112.55 points per game (22nd).
Jaden Ivey is expected to play a key role in Detroit’s scoring efforts against the Atlanta today, as Bojan Bogdanovic is unavailable. Bogdanovic is the team’s leading scorer this season with 21.6 points per game. Ivey is 2nd in scoring for the team with 15.3 points per game, which ranks him 88.0th in the NBA. In his 64 games, he has hit 41.2% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game.
Through 71 games, Atlanta is the 5th best scoring team at 117.4 points per game. So far, Atlanta is averaging 100.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Hawks will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
Defensively, Atlanta has had its problems giving up an average of 112.38 points per game (21st).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Dejounte Murray who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game. At the time of this article, Murray is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 102nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Atlanta benefit from having both of their top scorers as Trae Young leads the team and is 14th in the league in scoring (26.7). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 28th in points allowed to point-guards.
Pistons vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks -12.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 238.5