Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/21/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit -1.5
Luke Kennard and the Detroit Pistons (11-17, 3rd in the Central Division) play the Chicago Bulls (11-19, 4th in the Central Division) at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The spread on this game has Detroit as 1.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 222.
The Bulls are covering 53.3% of the time, having gone 16-14-0 ATS. Detroit is covering 40.7% of the time, going 11-16-1 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/19/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Game Time Decision
12/15/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 15
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/19/2019 Luke Kennard SG Knee Game Time Decision
12/19/2019 Christian Wood PF Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
12/19/2019 Blake Griffin PF Knee Game Time Decision
12/4/2019 Reggie Jackson PG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 23
11/13/2019 Khyri Thomas SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Lauri Markkanen averages 14.8 points per game in 30.5 minutes per contest. He averages 1.7 assists per contest and 6.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%. Zach Lavine comes into this contest averaging 23.2 points per game while playing 33.1 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Andre Drummond averages 17.8 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 16.7 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage is 63%. Luke Kennard averages 15.8 points per game while playing 33.0 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulls allow 107.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 13th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.1 rebounds a game which ranks 28th, and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 18.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league. Chicago averages 105.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.8 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 43.5 rebounds per game and 23.3 assists per contest, which ranks them 22nd and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 15.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pistons surrender 109.7 points per contest, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 22nd and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 21st with 25.0 assists allowed per contest, and 4th with 41.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pistons are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.8 per game. Detroit is 19th in the league with 108.9 points per game this year. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is -0.8. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the NBA. They are 25th in the league in rebounding with 43.2 boards per game and 12th in assists per contest with 24.8. The Pistons are 8th in turnovers per game with 15.9.
The Bulls are 30th in the league in defensive rating with 105.7, and their offensive rating of 103.9 is ranked 9th. They are 14th in the NBA in pace with 101 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 27th. As a unit they are 27th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the NBA. Chicago is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 16th in the NBA.
Detroit is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league. The Pistons are 11th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.9, and their defensive rating of 110.7 is ranked 19th. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 99.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 5th. As a team they are 8th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +1.5
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