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A pair of Eastern Conference teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture take the floor in the Motor City. The Washington Wizards are on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Washington comes in off a 134-125 road win over the Bulls Saturday night in their last contest. Detroit swept a home and home set with the Knicks as they picked up a 120-103 home win on Friday night in their last contest. The Pistons own a 154-129 advantage in the all-time regular season series. This season, the teams split two meetings with the Wizards taking a 101-87 home win in the last matchup on January 21.
Washington Wizards Seek Third Straight Win
Washington won their second straight as they took down the Bulls on Saturday night. The Wizards entered Sunday tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Washington led by two after the opening quarter before outscoring Chicago 42-29 in the second quarter to take a 15-point halftime edge. The Wizards didn’t let the Bulls closer than six the rest of the way. Washington shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from the floor, including 12 of 27 from three-point range, and overcame Chicago shooting 50.5 percent in the game. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points in the win.
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— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 10, 2019
The Wizards are 7th in the league in scoring offense with 113.8 points per game. Washington is 28th in the league on the glass with 40.9 boards per game. The Wizards are 5th with 26.5 assists per game. Washington is 29th in the league as they allow 116.6 points per game on the year. Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 25 points per game. Trevor Ariza (12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Jeff Green (12.4 points) are solid contributors for the Wizards. Dwight Howard (12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds), Bobby Portis (14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds), Jabari Parker (14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds), Sam Dekker, Wesley Johnson, Tomas Satoransky and Ian Mahinmi are all looked to by Scott Brooks to contribute. Washington is 9th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 47 percent from the floor. The Wizards are tied for 10th in the league with 11.5 triples a night while ranking tied for 19th in three-point shooting. Washington hits 34.8 percent from downtown this season. Howard is out until late February after having surgery for a buttocks injury November 30, taking away their best rebounder and rim protector. With Wall done for the year after heel surgery, Satoransky is going to have to step up and produce. Wall fell and ruptured his Achilles tendon at home on February 5. He’s expected to undergo surgery and will miss another 12 months, which will cost him the first half of next season.
Detroit Pistons Shooting For Fourth Straight Triumph
Detroit run up their third straight win as they swept a home and home set with the Knicks by prevailing Friday night. The Pistons entered Sunday ninth in the Eastern Conference, half a game behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Detroit bolted to a 19-point lead after the opening quarter, saw their lead trimmed to nine at the half and five after three quarters. The Pistons regrouped in the fourth, outscoring the Knicks 31-19 to earn the win. Detroit shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 13 of 30 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 46-39. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 29 points and 20 rebounds in the win.
Next game is Monday.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) February 9, 2019
The Pistons are mediocre so far offensively, ranking 23rd in scoring offense with 106.2 points per game. Detroit is 12th in rebounding with 45.5 boards per game and are below average sharing the ball, ranking 26th in assists with 22.4 per night. The team is 9th in scoring defense as they allow 107.8 points a game. Blake Griffin leads the Pistons with 26.1 points plus 8.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Reggie Jackson chips in 14.8 points plus 4.4 assists per contest and Andre Drummond posts 17.1 points and 14.9 rebounds per contest. The Pistons look to Ish Smith, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Langston Galloway, Thon Maker, Luke Kennard, Glenn Robinson III, Wayne Ellington and Zaza Pachulia to provide depth and a scoring punch from the bench. Detroit is 29th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the floor. The Pistons are tied for 10th in the league in three-point field goals with 11.5 per game while ranking tied for 28th by sinking 33.6 percent from downtown.
- Pistons are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win
- Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days of rest
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Wizards are 5-21 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have a little momentum coming into this one as they try to chance down a playoff spot before the All Star break. The Pistons have won three in a row and adding Ellington is a solid acquisition to their rotation. Washington has won two straight after picking up Portis and Parker in the deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago. The Wizards are on the road here and they’ve struggled at times as the visiting team. Detroit has momentum right now and they carry that over here to make it four straight victories.
Prediction: Detroit Pistons -4
Full-Game Total Pick
Washington comes into this contest just 7-21 on the road this season while the Pistons, while mediocre at home, still has a 16-13 mark at the Little Caesars Arena. The Wizards have gotten good production from Portis after he came over in the deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago. Washington still is missing key pieces like Howard and, of course, Wall. Detroit picking up Ellington should help offset the fact that they traded Reggie Bullock to the Lakers. Can the Pistons maintain their momentum here and make it four straight wins?
The under is 4-0 in the Wizards’ last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Detroit has seen the under go 6-1 in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 7-2 in their last nine against Southeast Division teams. The teams have stayed under the total in four of the last five meetings. Look for this one to end up under the number as Detroit’s defense clamps down.
Prediction: Under 220
Half-Time Side Pick
The Pistons have played well in their last three games and while two of those victories came over the Knicks, the run started with a blowout victory over the Nuggets. Detroit is starting to get back on track with four wins in their last five games. Perhaps most importantly, the Pistons have had two days off for this one while the Wizards are playing their third game in four nights. That is a lot of wear and tear on Washington and should help Detroit get the upper hand at the half.
Prediction: Detroit Pistons -2
Half-Time Total Bet
The Pistons hung 63 points in the first half of each of their last two games, both of which came against the Knicks. Detroit hung 36 points in the first quarter of one of those games and 41 in the other. Washington has given up a slew of points in their last five games as they allowed less than 125 points just once in that span. We’ve seen the Wizards allow 85, 61, 61 and 73 points in the first half in that stretch. One has to think that Washington can keep things in check a little bit given Detroit’s struggles: look for this one to end up just over the number thanks to the Wizards’ suspect defense.
Prediction: Over 112