Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: NBA TV
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -1
Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons (9-14, 3rd in the Central Division) travel to Smoothie King Center on Monday where they'll meet the New Orleans Pelicans (6-17, 5th in the Southwest Division). The odds on this contest have New Orleans as 1 point favorites. The total has been set at 229.
The Pistons cover the spread 40.9% of the time, having gone 9-13-1 ATS. New Orleans covers the spread 39.1% of the time, going 9-14-0 against the spread.
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/6/2019 Markieff Morris PF Neck Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
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
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
12/6/2019 Zion Williamson SF Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 3
12/6/2019 Derrick Favors PF Personal Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
8/29/2019 Darius Miller SF Achilles Expected to be out until at least Apr 1
Andre Drummond comes into this game averaging 17.7 points per contest while playing 34.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 17.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 55% while his free throw percentage is 63%. Luke Kennard averages 16.4 points per contest in 33.1 minutes per game. He averages 4.3 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 89%.
Jrue Holiday scores 19.2 points per contest while playing 35.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.0 rebounds per contest and has 6.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 72%. Brandon Ingram averages 24.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 7.0 rebounds per game and has 4.0 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Detroit averages 108.7 points per contest, which is 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.3 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 7th. From 3-point territory they shoot 40%, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They average 43.0 boards per contest and 25.3 assists per game, which ranks them 24th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 5th with 16.3 per game. The Pistons allow 108.5 points per contest, which is 13th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 19th and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 41.0 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they allow 25.0 assists per game which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 14.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans is 10th in the NBA with 113.2 points per contest this season. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -7. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 7th in the league. They are 19th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest and 12th in assists per game with 24.6. The Pelicans are 7th in turnovers per contest with 16.1. The Pelicans give up 120.2 points per game, which ranks them 29th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 26th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.4 dimes allowed per game and 26th with 46.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Pelicans are 21st in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per contest this year.
The Pistons are 10th in the league in defensive rating with 109.9, and their offensive rating of 110.2 is ranked 18th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 4th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Detroit is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 12th in the NBA.
New Orleans is 11th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 6th in the NBA. The Pelicans are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 114.6, and their offensive rating of 107.9 is ranked 29th. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 104 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 12th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Pistons/Pelicans NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Orleans -1
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