Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 1/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
The Detroit Pistons (0-4) play the Boston Celtics (3-2) at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.
The Boston Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Memphis Grizzlies and walked away with a win by a score of 126-107 in their last contest. Boston ended the contest having earned a 53.8% field goal percentage (49 out of 91) and buried 16 of their 39 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Celtics buried 12 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 42 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 27 dimes in this contest while getting 17 steals and 11 rejections. When discussing defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 43.0% from the field on 40 out of 93 shooting. Memphis earned 26 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Grizzlies had 46 rebounds (14 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Memphis finished 72.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 18 of 25 tries. They also knocked down 9 out of their 33 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jaylen Brown is a player who was a factor for this contest. He racked up 42 points on 15 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:57 minutes and also collected 5 boards. Brown walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the field and also distributed 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Celtics was Jayson Tatum. He collected 4 rebounds and accounted for 3 assists. He went 50.0% from the field for this game by shooting 6-of-12 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Tatum played 23:15 minutes.
Boston steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 3-2 on the campaign. They are averaging 113.2 points per game (14th in basketball) while hitting 47.7% from the floor. The Celtics are shooting 39.7% on shots from beyond the arc (60 of 151) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is pulling down 41.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 115 dimes this year, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a group they commit 19.6 personal fouls per game. Defensively, the Celtics have forced 17.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.0 personal fouls. The Celtics defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 49.9% (85 of 100) and they surrender 42.8 boards per contest as a team. They rank 27th in the NBA in allowing assists with 116 surrendered on the year. They concede 36.5% from beyond the arc and they rank 19th in the league in opponents PPG (114.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Detroit Pistons walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 116-106 when they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Pistons were able to snag 29 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in this contest. They also stuffed 6 attempts while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Warriors earned 28 fouls for this game which got the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to bury 23 of the free throws for a percentage of 79.3%. In reference to shooting from downtown, Detroit knocked down 13 of 35 tries (37.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Pistons ended up shooting 35 out of 92 from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.0%. The Pistons allowed the Warriors to bury 38 of 76 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 50.0% for this game. They finished 42.4% from distance by shooting 14 out of 33 and finished the game at 26 of 36 at the charity stripe (72.2%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Detroit permitted Golden State to pull down 40 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Jerami Grant was important for the Pistons for this game. He buried 9 out of 21 in this game for a rate of 42.9%, which earned him 27 points. Grant pulled down 7 boards in his 37:02 mins of playing time and had 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Detroit was Josh Jackson. He notched 17 points in his 29:27 minutes played by way of 6 of 14 shooting for this contest. Jackson finished going 42.9% from the floor while collecting 3 assists and 6 rebounds.
Detroit has a mark of 0-4 for the year. Detroit has accounted for 446 pts on the year (111.5 per contest) and they collect 48.5 boards per game. The Pistons are responsible for committing 22.8 fouls per contest while shooting 75.3% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Pistons are connecting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.5 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.5 times per contest. The Pistons on the defensive side of the court are 26th in the league in PPG allowed with 120.8. They relinquish 26.3 assists and 46.0 boards every game, which is 22nd and 20th in the league. The Detroit defense surrenders 39.7% on 3-point shots (58 of 146) and opponents are knocking down 77.0% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.5% from the floor (20th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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