A pair of Central Division teams take the floor in the Motor City looking for a victory. The Indiana Pacers are on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Friday night. Indiana comes in off a 107-100 road win over Oklahoma City Wednesday night in their last game. Detroit was waxed 127-103 at home by Milwaukee Wednesday night in their previous game. The Pacers own a 101-96 advantage in the all-time regular-season series between the teams with the Pistons taking two of three this season. In the most recent meeting, it was Indiana taking a 112-106 home win on November 8.
Indiana Pacers Try for Third Straight WinIndiana earned back to back wins to finish a three-game road trip 2-1 as they knocked off Oklahoma City Wednesday night. The Pacers entered Thursday second in the Central Division, 4.5 games behind the Bucks. On the season, the team enters this one holding the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Indiana trailed by three after the opening quarter and held a narrow one-point lead after three quarters. The Pacers were down 96-95 with 2:44 to play in the game before closing the game on a 12-4 run to earn the victory. Indiana shot 48.3 percent from the field, including nine of 24 from three-point range, and held a slim 39-37 edge on the glass. T.J. Warren led the Pacers with 24 points in the victory.
The Pacers enter this contest 16th in scoring offense with 109.9 points per game on the season. Indiana is 19th in the league in rebounding with 44.7 boards per contest and stand tied for 11th with 24.8 assists per game. The Pacers are 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.4 points per game this season. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 18.9 points, 4.9 rebounds plus 7.9 assists per game this season. Domantas Sabonis (18.4 points, 13 rebounds), Myles Turner (12.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks), T.J. Warren (18 points) and Jeremy Lamb (16.6 points) are all contributing on the offensive end. The Pacers still miss Victor Oladipo, who is on the comeback trail after last season’s knee injury: he has been practicing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. Indiana is tied for 4th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 47.4 percent from the field this season. The Pacers are 28th in threes made per game as they have drained 9.7 triples a night while the team stands 8th in three-point shooting by hitting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Detroit Pistons Look to RegroupDetroit saw their first multiple-game win streak go by the wayside as they were trounced by Milwaukee in their last game. The Pistons entered Thursday tied for third in the Central Division, 11 games behind the Bucks. For the year, Detroit went into that game tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind Orlando for the final playoff spot. The Pistons led by two after the opening quarter before getting outscored 37-24 in the second to trail by 11 at the half. Detroit was unable to get any closer than eight in the second half as the Bucks piled it on in the final quarter. The Pistons shot 41.9 percent from the field, including 11 of 36 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 55-40. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks in the loss.
The Pistons enter this contest 19th in the league in scoring offense with 108.2 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 25th in rebounding with 42.7 boards per contest and tied for 9th with 25.1 assists per game. The Pistons are just above the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 14th by allowing 108.7 points per game. Andre Drummond is second on the team with 17.3 points, 16.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and two blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes 15.9 points plus 5.8 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 16.9 points per game. Blake Griffin has averaged 18.8 points plus 5.2 boards a contest since returning to the lineup. Markieff Morris adds 10.4 points plus 3.7 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 12.6 points a night. Detroit is 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 47.3 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are 12th in threes made per game with 12.5 per contest and stand first in three-point shooting as they connect on 39.5 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has been out with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he remains out with no clear timetable for return at this point. He’s due to be re-evaluated in two weeks.
The top trends in this contest according to Covers.com:
- Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5
- Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games
- Pistons are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pistons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home