Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 1/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-7.5)
The Detroit Pistons (1-4) host the Boston Celtics (3-3) at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. The line on this contest has Boston as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 228.
The Boston Celtics played the Pistons and took a loss by a final of 96-93 in their last contest. Boston finished having earned a 47.0% field goal percentage (39 out of 83) and made 8 out of their 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 7 of their 14 tries for a rate of 50.0%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected a total of 45 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 20 assists for this contest as well as having 12 steals and 10 blocks. When talking about the defense, Boston allowed 40.9% from the floor on 36 of 88 shooting. Detroit distributed 18 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Pistons pulled down 48 rebounds (13 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Detroit shot 65.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of their 20 tries. They made 11 of their 34 shots from three-point range.
Jayson Tatum is a guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He totaled 28 points on 11 out of 24 shooting. He saw the court for 37:04 minutes and snagged 6 rebounds. Tatum finished the game at 45.8% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. One more player that played a role in the matchup for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He collected 9 boards and had 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 60.0% from the field for this contest by going 12-of-20 (25 points). When this game wrapped up, Brown played 37:34 min.
Boston steps onto the court with a record of 3-3 on the campaign. They average 109.8 points per outing (17th in basketball) while hitting 47.6% from the field. The Celtics are hitting 37.4% on shots from downtown (68 of 182) and 71.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is collecting 42.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 135 assists for the season, which has them ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 15.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.7 personal fouls per contest. On defense, the Celtics are forcing their opponents into 17.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.3 fouls. They are 21st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 134 conceded for the campaign. The Celtics defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 48.4% (104 of 116) and they relinquish 43.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 35.8% on 3-pointers while they are 14th in the league in PPG allowed (111.0).
In their last game against Boston the Pistons collected 35 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the contest. They stuffed 2 shots while recording 9 steals in this matchup. The Celtics earned 20 fouls for the matchup which got the Pistons to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 65.0%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Detroit made 11 of 34 tries (32.4%). Overall, the Pistons shot 36 for 88 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.9%. The Pistons permitted the Celtics to bury 39 out of their 83 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 47.0% in this matchup. They finished 25.8% from distance by connecting on 8 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 14 from the free throw line (50.0%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Detroit allowed Boston to pull down 45 in all (7 offensive).
Jerami Grant ended up having an impact for the Pistons for the contest. He knocked down 9 out of 24 for this contest giving him a rate of 37.5%, which gave him 24 points. Grant had 4 rebounds in his 37:26 minutes of time on the court and earned 2 assists for the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Detroit was Saddiq Bey. He accumulated 17 points in 30:11 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 out of 11 from the floor for this contest. Bey ended the game having shot 45.5% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss record of 1-4 for the season. When it comes to offense, the Pistons are hitting on 42.4% from the field, which has them ranked 28th in the league. Detroit has totaled 542 points on the season (108.4 per contest) and they pull in 48.4 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 23.2 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 16.2 times per contest. The Pistons have committed 21.4 personal fouls per game and they go 73.5% from the charity stripe. The Pistons on the defensive end are ranked 20th in the league in points given up per game with 115.2. They have forced 16.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (22nd in the league). The Detroit defense concedes 37.3% on shots from beyond the arc (66 of 177) and opponents are converting on 74.3% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 25.0 assists and 45.8 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 18th and 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-7.5)
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