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Pistons vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Wednesday, December 14th
- Betting Odds CHA -2.5, DET +115 | CHA -139 O/U 225.5
The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 7-22. So far, the team has gone 15-13-1 against the spread. Today, the Pistons will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -8.0 points.
Not only did the Pistons drop their last game to the Lakers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 124-117 as 5 point underdogs. Detroit got off to a slow start, trailing by 12 points going into halftime. In the loss, Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in scoring with 38 points on a field goal percentage of 54.5%.
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 7-20, while going 12-13-2 vs the spread. Against the Pistons, the Hornets are looking to break out of a 5 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -10.8 points per contest.
Charlotte is trying to bounce back from a 131-113 loss to the 76ers. Going into this game, the team was 10 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Charlotte was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 7. Leading the team in scoring was Kelly Oubre Jr., as he contributed 29 points while hitting 47.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Hornets took the season series 2-1. But, this year they will look to do a better job defending home court, as they split their matchups vs Charlotte. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pistons averaged 119.0 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Hornets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 135.67 points per game vs Detroit. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Hornets have averaged 123 points per game compared to 110 for Detroit. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Charlotte. A combined average of 233 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Detroit offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 109.9 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Pistons are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.2 per contest. If the Pistons offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 18th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Pistons defense is ranked 22nd in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.55 points per game vs the unit.
Power-Foward Bojan Bogdanovic currently leads the Pistons at 21.0 points per game. For the season, he is 83rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 15.7% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Bogdanovic is averaging 3.6 boards and 2.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 18th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jaden Ivey enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 25 games, he is averaging 15.3 and is 280th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Charlotte offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 109.4 points per game. So far, Charlotte is averaging 100.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. If the Hornets are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 27th in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.
Small-Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. currently leads the Hornets at 20.8 points per game. For the season, he is 62nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Oubre Jr. is averaging 5.2 boards and 1.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Terry Rozier enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 19 games, he is averaging 22.2 and is 183rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Pistons vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pistons +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 225.5