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Trail Blazers vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons
- Where: Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
- Date: Monday, March 6th
- Betting Odds DET +5.5, POR -243 | DET +193 O/U 230.5
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 30-34. So far, the team has gone 32-32-0 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Portland is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a 122-119 win over the Magic. This away win came despite entering the game as the 2 point underdogs. This was a highly contested matchup, as Portland was not able to extend their lead in the second half as they went into halftime with a 2 point lead. In the win, Damian Lillard led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.
So far, the Pistons have put together an overall record of 15-49, while going 29-34-1 vs the spread. Against the Trail Blazers, the Pistons are looking to break out of a 7 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -8.86 points per contest.
Detroit is trying to bounce back from a 114-90 loss to the Cavaliers. Going into this game, the team was 16 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Detroit was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 9. Leading the team in scoring was Marvin Bagley III, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Trail Blazers picked up the 135-106 win over the Pistons. The Trail Blazers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 9.5 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Trail Blazers averaged 114.5 points per game vs Detroit, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Trail Blazers saw a boost in scoring, the Pistons averaged 103.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Portland. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Portland has an ATS record of 5-0 in the previous 5 matchups vs Detroit. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +18 points per game in favor of the Trail Blazers. In these contests, they averaged a combined 224 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 64 games, the Trail Blazers are averaging 115.0 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. If the Trail Blazers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.6 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, Portland has had its problems giving up an average of 115.11 points per game (27th).
On offense, Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers in scoring at 32.5 points per game, placing him 3rd in the NBA. Overall, Lillard has hit 47.1% of his shots while accounting for 24.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 28th in points allowed to point-guards. At 20.7 points per game, Jerami Grant is the 2nd leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. For the season, he is 126th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 47.6%.
For the season, the Pistons offensive unit is ranked just 27th in scoring at 111.4 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Pistons are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.1 per contest. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Detroit is just 28th in made field goals per game.
Defensively, Detroit has had its problems giving up an average of 112.55 points per game (22nd).
Without Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit will need Jaden Ivey to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Portland today. This season, Bogdanovic leads the team in scoring with 21.6 points per game. Ivey is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 15.3 points per game, which places him 87.0th in the NBA. In his 59 games, he has hit 41.9% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game.
Trail Blazers vs Pistons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 230.5