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#513 Detroit Pistons -3.5 vs.
#514 Charlotte Hornets 219
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Spectrum Center, Charlotte
Written by Chris Kubala



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It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood down in Buzz City. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they make the trip to face the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Detroit comes in off a 117-108 road loss to Miami Tuesday night in their previous contest. Charlotte fell 119-117 at home to Memphis in their previous contest Wednesday night. The Pistons lead the all-time regular season series 58-53 but the Hornets have won the last six meetings between the teams. That includes a 104-91 road win in the most recent matchup on April 7, 2019.

Detroit Pistons Hope to Get Back on Track

Detroit was beat up in the second game of a back to back situation as they were unable to keep up with the Heat. The Pistons entered Thursday in the basement of the Central Division, four games behind the Bucks. Detroit trailed by 11 after the opening quarter and by 20 at the half in this contest. Despite their best efforts, the Pistons couldn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way as they suffered their third straight loss. Detroit shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 15 of 41 from three-point range, in the contest. The Pistons lost the rebounding battle 42-32 and missed 12 of their 37 free throw attempts. Luke Kennard led Detroit with 22 points in the loss.

The Pistons enter this contest 18th in the league in scoring offense with 108.9 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 30th in rebounding with 41.1 boards per contest and 11th with 24.7 assists per game. The Pistons are just below the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 20th by allowing 112.5 points per game. Andre Drummond is leading the team in the early going with 19.9 points, 16.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes 18.7 points plus 6.1 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 18.9 points per game. Markieff Morris adds 11.9 points plus 3.8 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 11.6 points a night. Detroit is fifth in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.9 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are 15th in threes made per game with 11.8 per contest and stand first in three-point shooting as they connect on 40.2 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has missed the last seven games with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he is expected to miss at least four weeks. Blake Griffin made his season debut Monday against the Timberwolves and then rested Tuesday against the Heat: he is expected to play here.

Charlotte Hornets Looking to Bounce Back

Charlotte dropped their fourth straight game as they were beaten at home by Memphis in their last game in the final seconds. The Hornets entered Thursday third in the Southeast Division, 3.5 games behind the Heat. Charlotte was in a tight game all the way: they were down three after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by two after three quarters. Charlotte was tied in the closing seconds but gave up the game-winning bucket with 0.7 seconds to play. The Hornets shot 48.9 percent from the field, including 16 of 37 from three-point range, but were burned by Memphis shooting 53.3 percent from the field. Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 33 points and six assists in the loss.

The Hornets are a below average team offensively in the early part of the season, ranking 21st in the league with 106.8 points per game. Charlotte is 29th in rebounding with 41.3 boards per game and tied for 14th by dishing out 24 assists per contest. The Hornets are below average defensively this season as they are ranked 21st in scoring defense by allowing 113.7 points per game. Terry Rozier is second on Charlotte with 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season. PJ Washington (12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds), Devonte’ Graham (team leading 18 points, 7.3 assists), Cody Zeller (13.2 points, 9.6 rebounds) and Miles Bridges (13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds) are all scoring in double figures. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Monk and Marvin Williams are solid contributors offensively as well. The Hornets are tied for 19th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 11th in the league with 12.5 threes per game while ranking 9th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.

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Both teams are struggling at this point in time and it’s going to be interesting to see which team can get up off the deck and compete. The Pistons are trying to get back to full strength and should have Griffin in this contest for his second game of the year. Charlotte has dropped three straight after losing in the final second to Memphis. The good news for the Hornets is that they are at home in this contest. Detroit is just 1-5 on the road this season and it’s hard to have faith in them at this point in time. Look for the young pieces on the Hornets to step up and deliver the win at home here.

Prediction: Charlotte Hornets +3

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Both teams have had their struggles of late. Detroit is dismal on the road, giving up an average of 115.2 points per game as the visiting team this season. That's a major reason the Pistons are 1-5 on the road this season: they haven't given up fewer than 110 points in a game as the visiting team this season. Charlotte has dropped four of their six home games and have given up 118 points a night at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets have been in track meets at home: even their two home wins have seen both teams crack the 120 point mark. Will either team slow down in this one?

The over is 4-0 in the Pistons' last four overall, 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days of rest. Charlotte has seen the over go 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, 5-1 in their last six against Eastern Conference foes and 4-1 in their last five against Central Division opponents. With both teams having serious issues on the defensive end, this one should be a shootout that goes over the number.

Prediction: Over 219

Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.