Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 12/28/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, December 28, 2020
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+8)
The Detroit Pistons (0-2) go to State Farm Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Atlanta Hawks (2-0). Detroit opens this matchup as 8-point underdogs. The total opens at 226.5.
The Detroit Pistons played the Cleveland Cavaliers and went home with a loss by a final score of 128-119 in their last game. Detroit finished having earned a 40.8% field goal percentage (40 out of 98) and made 16 out of their 45 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Pistons made 23 of 32 tries for a rate of 71.9%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they collected 57 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 assists in the matchup while having 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Detroit allowed the other team to go 48.5% from the field on 48 of 99 shooting. Cleveland distributed 29 assists and had 13 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Cavaliers collected 51 boards (7 offensive, 44 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Cleveland walked away from this one shooting 63.3% from the charity stripe by burying 19 of their 30 tries. They made 13 of their 30 tries from beyond the arc.
Blake Griffin is one guy who was a factor in this contest. He totaled 26 points on 9 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 44:20 minutes and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Griffin ended up shooting 42.9% from the field and earned 4 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in the game for the Pistons was Jerami Grant. He pulled down 10 rebounds and also tallied 2 assists. He finished 64.3% from the field for this contest by shooting 9-of-14 (28 points). When the final whistle blew, Grant played 42:31 minutes.
Detroit heads into this matchup with a mark of 0-2 on the year. They turn it over 19.5 times per game and as a group they commit 20.0 fouls per game. As a team, Detroit is pulling in 50.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 53 assists so far this season, which ranks 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Pistons are connecting on 30.0% on three-point shots (24 of 80) and 65.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 110.0 pts per contest (20th in the league) while connecting on 44.5% from the field. Defensively, the Pistons have forced 15.5 turnovers every game while drawing 20.0 fouls. They are giving up 33.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 21st in the NBA in PPG allowed (119.5). The Pistons defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.0% (31 of 40) and they surrender 49.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 23rd in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 54 conceded for the campaign.
For their last game, the Atlanta Hawks walked away with a victory by a final of 122-112 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Hawks were able to corral 41 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 54 in this game. They also rejected 5 shots while getting 4 steals in this game. The Grizzlies committed 27 fouls in the game which got the Hawks to the free throw line for 38 tries. They were able to bury 33 of those for a percentage of 86.8%. With regard to shots from distance, Atlanta made 13 of their 36 attempts (36.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Hawks shot 38 for 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.7%. The Hawks allowed the Grizzlies to make 37 out of 93 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.8% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 30.2% from three-point range by going 13 of 43 and ended up shooting 25 out of 29 at the free throw line (86.2%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Atlanta allowed Memphis to collect 46 in total (9 offensive).
Trae Young was important for the Hawks in this game. He made 10 of 24 for the game giving him a rate of 41.7%, which had him sitting at 36 points. Young pulled down 3 rebounds in his 35:23 minutes of time on the court and had 9 dimes in this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Atlanta was De'Andre Hunter. He notched 15 points in 35:19 minutes on the court via 5 of 11 from the floor for this contest. Hunter finished going 45.5% from the field in addition to collecting 3 assists and 11 boards.
Atlanta has a win-loss mark of 2-0 on the season. The Hawks commit 24.5 personal fouls every game and they connect on 85.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.5 times per game (17th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 19.0 times per game. Atlanta has totaled 246 points on the year (123.0 per game) and they pull in 50.0 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Hawks are connecting on 47.9% from the field, which has them ranked 11th in basketball. The Hawks defensively are ranked 10th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 108.0. The Atlanta defense concedes 26.9% on shots from 3-point land (21 of 78) and opponents are knocking down 86.0% of their foul shots. They give up 20.0 dimes and 41.5 boards per contest, which is 3rd and 9th in the league. They are forcing 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 40.6% from the floor (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (+8)
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