Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-2.5)
The Detroit Pistons (12-29) play the Chicago Bulls (18-22) at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. The spread on this contest has Chicago as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 218.
The Chicago Bulls faced the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a final of 131-127 in their last contest. Chicago finished having earned a 52.2% FG percentage (47 out of 90) and converted 17 of 35 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 16 of 23 attempts for a rate of 69.6%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 42 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 32 dimes for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In relation to defending, Chicago allowed the other team to shoot 52.7% from the field on 48 out of 91 shooting. Denver earned 29 dimes and had 10 steals for this game. Moreover, Denver snagged 43 rebounds (9 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Denver finished 77.8% from the charity stripe by converting 21 of their 27 attempts. They converted 14 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc.
Zach LaVine is one player who was a factor for this contest. He ended up finishing with 32 points on 10 out of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 37:39 minutes and snagged 2 boards. LaVine finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this contest for the Bulls was Thaddeus Young. He totaled 10 rebounds in his 28:11 min played. He finished the contest at 71.4% from the floor in the game by going 5-of-7 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Young accounted for 6 assists.
Chicago will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 18-22 for the season. The Bulls are connecting on 37.8% from downtown (524 of 1,386) and 80.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.3 points per contest (11th in the NBA) while connecting on 48.2% from the field. They are turning it over 16.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.0 fouls per game. As a team, Chicago is pulling in 44.7 boards per contest and has earned 1,056 dimes for the year, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They surrender 34.7% on 3-pointers and they are 24th in the NBA in opponents points per game (114.5). The Bulls defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.4% (544 of 755) and they concede 42.7 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 5th in basketball in allowing assists with 950 surrendered so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Detroit Pistons took home the win by a final score of 113-100 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Pistons were able to corral 37 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in this game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 7 steals for the matchup. The Rockets were called for 17 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Pistons to the charity stripe for 28 tries. They were able to make 25 of the free throw tries for a rate of 89.3%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Detroit buried 14 of their 29 tries (48.3%). When the game finished, the Pistons walked away from this one shooting 37 for 85 from the floor which had them at 43.5%. The Pistons permitted the Rockets to convert 39 out of 88 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 44.3% for the game. They went 28.1% from beyond the arc by going 9 of 32 and ended up shooting 13 of 16 at the free throw line (81.3%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Detroit allowed Houston to get 38 in all (7 offensive).
Frank Jackson ended up having an impact for the Pistons for the contest. He knocked down 7 of 10 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 2 rebounds. Jackson recorded 23 points in his 25:38 mins on the court and added 1 assist for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Detroit was Saddiq Bey. He walked away with 2 dimes in 32:04 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 6 of 15 from the floor. Bey wrapped this one up going 40.0% from the field while notching 20 points and 6 total rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss mark of 12-29 on the season. Detroit has accounted for 4,412 points this season (107.6 per contest) and they pull in 43.0 rebounds per contest. The Pistons are committing 20.4 fouls per contest and they go 77.5% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Pistons are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which has them ranked 28th in the league. They are dishing out assists 24.4 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.6 times per contest. The Pistons on defense are ranked 12th in basketball in points allowed per game with 111.1. They have forced 14.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (26th in the league). The Detroit defense allows 36.8% from downtown (480 of 1,306) and their opponents are knocking down 75.8% of their free throw shots. They surrender 24.9 assists and 44.4 boards per game, which is ranked 18th and 17th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-2.5)
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