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#543 Detroit Pistons 222 vs.
#544 Phoenix Suns -9
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Written by Blake V.

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A pair of teams near the bottom of their respective conferences will face off when Detroit travels to Phoenix on Friday night. The Pistons are on a seven-game losing streak and are coming off a loss to Denver on Tuesday. Phoenix had a two-game winning streak snapped in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

Pistons on seven-game skid

Detroit’s losing streak was extended to seven games in a 115-98 loss on the road against Denver on Tuesday night. The Pistons are 2-8 in the month of February, with one of those victories coming in an overtime win against a depleted Denver squad on Feb. 2. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson combined for 41 points in that win. Since then, Drummond has been traded to Cleveland and Jackson was bought out of his contract. Big man Donta Hall scored his first NBA points on a pair of free throws against Denver after signing a 10-day contract over the weekend.

Veteran guard Derrick Rose scored 20 points for the 25th time this season in the loss to Denver. He is averaging 18.0 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 5.7 assists per game. Drummond was scoring 17.8 points per game and was grabbing 15.8 rebounds per game before being traded. Guard Luke Kennard is scoring 15.8 points per game and is notching 4.1 assists per game. Kennard is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Forward Christian Wood is scoring 11.8 points per game and is pulling down 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Suns led by Booker

Phoenix had won three out of four games before losing to the Clippers as 7.5-point home underdogs on Wednesday night. Los Angeles recovered from an eight-point deficit at the end of the first quarter by outscoring the Suns by 13 points in the second quarter. The Clippers went on to win the third quarter by five points and the two teams played to a 26-26 draw in the fourth period, as Los Angeles came away with the 102-92 victory. Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers.

Guard Devin Booker leads Phoenix with 26.1 points per game and 6.5 assists per game. He is one of the best pure scorers in the NBA and has made 110 3-pointers this season. Center Deandre Ayton is scoring 19.1 points per game and is completing his double-double average with 12.1 boards per contest. Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is scoring 18.7 points per game and is grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game, but he is questionable for Friday’s game with a knee injury. Veteran guard Ricky Rubio is scoring 12.7 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 8.7 assists per outing.

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Phoenix has only covered the spread three times in its last 12 games. The Suns are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games, which is the worst mark of any NBA team over their last 11 games in front of their home crowd. Detroit has fared well against Phoenix in recent meetings, going 6-0 straight-up and 6-0 ATS in the last six head-to-head contests. The Suns are coming off a game against a physical team in Los Angeles, which could carry over into this one.

Prediction: Detroit

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Phoenix has been heavily shaded to the under in its recent games. The Suns have seen five of their last six games go under the total. Both of these teams are in the bottom half of the league as far as offensive rankings go, with Phoenix at No. 17 and Detroit at No. 19. The Pistons have only gone over the total three times in their last 10 games. Neither squad inspires much confidence on the offensive end of the court, so I have to roll with the under here.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.