San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons NBA Picks & Predictions 12/30/2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Little Ceasars Arena
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The San Antonio Spurs travel to Little Ceasars Arena to play the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has San Antonio as 6 point favorites.
The Spurs head into this matchup with a mark of 25-11. They are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.6 as they are averaging 101.8 points per contest while giving up 98.2 per game. The Pistons have an overall record of 19-15. They currently are 2nd in the Central Division. They are averaging 102.4 points per game and surrendering 101.6, good for a point differential of 0.8.
Valuable San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 19-16-1 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 15-21-0 against the over/under
Important Detroit Pistons Betting Trends
The Detroit Pistons are 19-13-2 against the spread
The Detroit Pistons are 13-21-0 against the over/under
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
12/28/17 F Rudy Gay Heel injured last game, is "?" Saturday vs Detroit
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/27/17 PG Reggie Jackson Ankle is out indefinitely
12/20/17 G Avery Bradley Groin is out indefinitely
11/25/17 F Jon Leuer Ankle is out indefinitely
LaMarcus Aldridge averages 22.2 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2 assists per contest and 8.3 rebounds per game for San Antonio. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%. Pau Gasol comes into this contest averaging 10.9 points per game while playing 25.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Spurs. He pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%.
Tobias Harris averages 18.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 85%. Andre Drummond averages 14.3 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest this year for the Pistons. He grabs 15 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage currently is at 63%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Spurs allow 98.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.3 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they give up 21.1 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league. San Antonio averages 101.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.56 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 44.5 rebounds per game and 22.3 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 14 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pistons surrender 101.6 points per contest, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 24th in those defensive statistics. They rank 25th with 24.1 assists allowed per contest, and 13th with 42.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pistons are 24th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game this season. Detroit is 22nd in the league with 102.4 points per game this year. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 0.76. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 7th in the NBA. They are 18th in the league in rebounding with 42.5 boards per game and 21st in assists per contest with 21.9. The Pistons are 18th in turnovers per game with 14.4.
The Spurs are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 104, and their offensive rating of 107.7 is ranked 27th. They are 28th in the NBA in pace with 94.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 17th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA. San Antonio is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA.
Detroit is 21st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 9th in the league. The Pistons are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.2, and their defensive rating of 106.4 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 21st in the league with 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 19th. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 17th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit +6
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