Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks NBA Picks & Predictions 12/20/2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
American Airlines Center
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The Detroit Pistons travel to American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit as 5 point favorites.
The Pistons head into this matchup with a mark of 17-13. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.0 as they are averaging 103.0 points per contest while giving up 102.0 per game. The Mavericks have an overall mark of 8-23. They currently are 5th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 99.4 points per contest and giving up 102.9, which is a point differential of -3.5.
Valuable Detroit Pistons Betting Trends
The Detroit Pistons are 18-10-2 against the spread
The Detroit Pistons are 11-19-0 against the over/under
Important Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 14-16-1 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 12-19-0 against the over/under
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/19/17 G Avery Bradley Shoulder is "?" Wednesday vs Dallas
11/25/17 F Jon Leuer Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Dallas Mavericks Injuries
12/19/17 PG Dennis Smith Jr. Hip is "?" Wednesday vs Detroit
12/06/17 F Nerlens Noel Thumb is out indefinitely
11/14/17 F Dorian Finney-Smith Knee is out indefinitely
10/07/17 G Seth Curry Stress Fracture is out indefinitely
Andre Drummond comes into this contest averaging 13.9 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Pistons. He pulls down 14.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 53% while his free throw percentage is currently at 63%. Tobias Harris averages 17.8 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game for Detroit. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 90%.
Wesley Matthews averages 12.1 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year for the Mavericks. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 80%. Harrison Barnes averages 18.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.1 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Detroit averages 103 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.97 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 42.5 rebounds per game and 22 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 14.5 per game. The Pistons allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 21st and 20th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.9 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 24.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Dallas is 27th in the league with 99.4 points per game this year. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -3.52. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 16th in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 41.5 boards per game, and 22nd in assists per contest with 21.4. The Mavericks are 29th in turnovers per game with 13.4. The Mavericks surrender 102.9 points per contest, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 15th and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 22.2 assists allowed per contest and 27th with 46 rebounds surrendered per game. The Mavericks are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per game this season.
The Pistons are 14th in the league in defensive rating with 106.4, and their offensive rating of 107.4 is ranked 19th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 17th. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA. Detroit is 21st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 10th in the NBA.
Dallas is 28th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 11th in the league. The Mavericks are 26th in the NBA in offensive rating with 103.8, and their defensive rating of 107.4 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 23rd in the league with 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 22nd. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Pistons/Mavericks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit -5
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