Detroit Pistons vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/17/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBA League Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+4)
Capital One Arena is the venue where and the Washington Wizards (25-47 last year) will take on the Detroit Pistons (20-46 last season) on Thursday. Detroit opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 214.5.
Detroit enters this matchup after finishing with a win-loss mark of 20-46 last season. The Pistons connected on 36.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (791 of 2,157) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. They averaged 107.2 pts per contest (25th in the league) while hitting 45.9% from the floor. They lost possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per contest and as a team committed 19.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Detroit pulled in 41.7 rebounds per game and tallied 1,589 assists last season, which was 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they were on the defensive end, the Pistons were able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.8 fouls. They surrendered 36.1% on shots from downtown while they were 15th in the league in points per game allowed (110.8). The Pistons defense allowed a field goal percentage of 48.0% (2,768 of 5,764) and they conceded 43.5 boards per contest as a unit. They were ranked 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,625 conceded over the course of last year.
The Detroit Pistons played the New York Knicks and took a loss by a score of 99-91 in their last preseason game. Detroit ended the contest with a 42.1% field goal percentage (32 out of 76) and buried 12 out of their 35 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pistons made 23 of 34 shots for a rate of 67.6%. With regard to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 42 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 23 dimes for the game while having 10 steals and 3 blocks. Concerning defending, Detroit allowed 39.3% from the field on 33 out of 84. New York earned 19 dimes and 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Knicks snagged 48 boards (13 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 2 blocks. New York finished 65.4% from the charity stripe by converting 17 of their 26 tries. They buried 8 out of their 33 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Washington had a win-loss record of 25-47 last year. Washington accumulated 8,238 pts last season (114.4 per game) and they collected 42.0 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Wizards hit 45.7% from the field, which ranked them 21st in the league. The Wizards were responsible for committing 22.7 fouls every game while shooting 78.8% from the free throw line. They assisted teammates 25.0 times per contest (12th in the NBA) and they coughed up possession 14.2 times per game. The Wizards were ranked 29th in the league in PPG allowed with 119.1. The Washington defense surrendered 37.6% on shots from beyond the arc (896 of 2,386) and their opponents knocked down 77.8% of their foul shots. They were able to force 16.2 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 48.8% from the floor (29th in the league). They allowed 25.2 assists and 46.2 rebounds per contest, which was ranked 22nd and 25th in those categories on the defensive end.
For their last preseason game, the Washington Wizards took a loss by a final score of 119-114 when they faced the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards collected 34 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in the matchup. They blocked 2 shots while recording 8 steals in this game. The Nets committed 16 fouls in this contest which got the Wizards to the charity stripe for 22 shots. They were able to convert 16 of the free throws for a clip of 72.7%. When discussing 3-point shots, Washington knocked down 14 of their 37 attempts (37.8%). When all was said and done, the Wizards shot 42 for 97 from the floor which had them shooting 43.3%. The Wizards permitted the Nets to make 38 of their 74 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 51.4% for the matchup. They shot 46.7% from three-point range by shooting 14 of 30 and ended up going 29 of 45 at the charity stripe (64.4%). Concerning attacking the glass, Washington permitted Brooklyn to collect 41 in total (5 offensive).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-4)
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