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#561 Detroit Pistons -1 vs.
#562 New Orleans Pelicans 226.5
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Monday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team in the NBA as the Detroit Pistons and the New Orleans Pelicans will face off at about 8:00 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Smoothie King Center.

Pistons Look For Rare Road Win

So far this season, the Detroit Pistons have been a pretty underwhelming team in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons currently have a 9-14 record which places them in third place in the Central Division. To make matters worse, Detroit enters this game out of the playoff picture as it will look for a victory than can help bring it closer to relevance in the Eastern Conference. The main reason for Detroit's struggles this season has been its inability to win away from home. The Pistons enter this game with a 2-9 record on the road as they will be looking for their third road win of the season on Monday.

Leading the Pistons offensively is centerAndre Drummond who looked amazing so far this season. Drummond is currently averaging 17.7 points per game along with 17.0 rebounds which is the most in the entire league. In addition, he is also averaging 2.0 blocks per game and 1.7 steals per game so he has been great defensively as well. Now, Drummond will look to feast in the paint once again against one of the worst defenses in the NBA.

Detroit's most underrated player is guardDerrick Rose who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging 15.8 points per game along with 5.7 assists per game. In addition, he is also shooting an efficient 48.5% from the floor so he has been very smart with his shot selection up to this point.

Pelicans Look To Snap Losing Streak

So far this season, the New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the most disappointing teams in the entire league. The Pelicans have lost 17 of their first 23 games and they are on pace to finish the season in the basement of the Western Conference. In addition, New Orleans also enters this game in the midst of a massive losing streak. The Pelicans have lost each of their last eight games and they just lost their last game to the Mavericks by 46 points. If New Orleans does not show some signs of life soon, Coach Alvin Gentry might end up unemployed before the end of the season.

Leading the Pelicans offensively is forwardBrandon Ingram who has looked great so far this season. He is leading his team with 24.6 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. Ingram has also been extremely efficient as he is shooting 49.3% from the floor and 41.6% from the three-point line. If Ingram continues to play at this level, he might end up winning the NBA Most Improved Player Award.

New Orleans' most underrated player is shooting guard JJ Redick who has been pretty good so far this season. He is currently averaging 15.5 points per game along with 3.2 assists per game. In addition, he has also been lethal from the three-point line as he is shooting 46.5% from downtown. Now, Redick will look for another good shooting performance in this game.

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Even though New Orleans has been underwhelming this season, Detroit has been awful on the road up to this point so I have to go with the Pelicans in this game. Detroit is just 2-9 on the road and I expect it to come out flat once again on the highway in this game. New Orleans will come out extremely focused on snapping its long losing streak and I think that Ingram is a serious matchup problem for Detroit to deal with. Give me the Pelicans.

Prediction: New Orleans -1

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Both teams have pretty good offenses and do not play much defense so I have to take the over. New Orleans has one of the worst defenses in the league as it is allowing 120.2 points per game so I expect Detroit to score its fair share of points in this game. At the same time, New Orleans loves to play uptempo and it is averaging 113.2 points per game so I can see this game finishing somewhere in the 230s. As a result, I have to assume that both teams will score at least 115 points so I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 226.5

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New Orleans is in the middle of a massive losing streak but it is still favored in this game which I find a bit peculiar. As a result, I expect the Pelicans to get out to a fast start in front of the home crowd while the Pistons come out flat once again on the road. New Orleans is also averaging more rebounds per game so I can see the Pelicans generating enough second chance points to cover this slim number over the first 24 minutes. Give me the home team.

Prediction: New Orleans 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.