Check out our free Rockets vs Pistons pick and preview for this NBA game in Detroit. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons
- Where: Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds DET -5, HOU +170 | DET -208 O/U OFF
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 11-38, while going 17-30-2 vs the spread. The Rockets come into the game in the middle of a 2 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -11.5 points per contest.
Not only did the Rockets drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 113-95 as 8 point underdogs. Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 26 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Tari Eason, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 61.5% of his shots.
So far, the Pistons have put together an overall record of 13-37, while going 22-27-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Detroit is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
Detroit is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Nets at home. With the 130-122 victory, they also covered the spread as 8 point underdogs. Although Detroit trailed the Nets going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Saddiq Bey led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 52.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last year, the Rockets and Pistons played to a series split, with each team winning on the road. Between the two teams, they combined to average 222.0 points per contest. Similar to their season-long average, the Rockets averaged 110.0 points per game vs the Pistons. Just like the Rockets, the Pistons maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 109.5 points per game vs Houston. The Pistons have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 3 points per game. A combined average of 215 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 109.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 30th in the league in field goal percentage 44.9%.
On defense, the Rockets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 30th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Personel figures to be a big issue for the Rockets in today’s game, as both Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are listed as out on the injury report. For the year, Green leads the team in scoring at 21.7 points per game, which ranks 35th in the NBA. Not having Porter Jr. is also a big blow to the team, as he is averaging 19.2 points per game for Houston.
For the season, the Pistons offensive unit is ranked just 19th in scoring at 112.8 points per contest. So far, Detroit is averaging 100.3 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Although the team tends to generate a lot of possessions with an up-tempo pace, they are struggling to score inside the arc. Heading into the game, the team is just 20th in made 2-point field goals per contest.
On defense, the Pistons will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 22nd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Pistons offense has primarily worked through Bojan Bogdanovic and Jaden Ivey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 47 games, Bogdanovic is 41st in the NBA at 21.3 points per game. So far, him and Ivey have accounted for 31% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.4 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaden Ivey is grabbing 4.1 rebounds for Detroit to go along with 4.5 assists.
Rockets vs Pistons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pistons -5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF