Dallas Mavericks vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 4/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-6.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (34-27) are headed to Little Caesars Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Detroit Pistons (19-43). Detroit opens this contest as 6.5-point dogs. The total opens at 227.
The Dallas Mavericks faced the Golden State Warriors and went home with a win by a final score of 133-103 in their last contest. Dallas ended the contest with a 52.2% field goal percentage (48 out of 92) and knocked down 18 of their 35 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mavericks made 19 of 22 attempts for a rate of 86.4%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected 50 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 21 assists in the matchup as well as forcing 18 turnovers and getting 9 steals. With regard to defending, Dallas allowed 40.5% from the field on 34 of 84 shooting. Golden State doled out 25 assists and had 11 steals in this game. Additionally, Golden State snagged 43 boards (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Golden State ended up shooting 79.2% at the charity stripe by converting 19 of 24 attempts. They also buried 16 of their 43 attempts from long range.
Luka Doncic is a player who was important for the game. He ended up with 39 points on 15 out of 23 shooting. He played 28:06 minutes and snagged 6 boards. Doncic ended up going 65.2% from the floor and also dished out 8 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Mavericks was Dorian Finney-Smith. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 30:10 min on the court. He finished the game at 80.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 4-of-5 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Finney-Smith had 1 assist.
Dallas enters this matchup with a mark of 34-27 this year. They are averaging 111.8 points per outing (17th in basketball) while connecting on 46.9% from the field. The Mavericks are shooting 36.0% on shots from distance (836 of 2,325) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Dallas is pulling down 43.7 boards per game and has earned 1,370 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.3 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Mavericks have forced 12.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.2 fouls. The Mavericks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.7% (757 of 1,235) and they relinquish 44.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 3rd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,372 conceded on the season. They surrender 36.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (109.8).
The last time they took the court, the Detroit Pistons took home the win by a final score of 100-86 when they played the Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons recorded 39 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the matchup. They also gave up possession 14 times, while earning 9 steals for this game. The Hawks committed 17 fouls for the matchup which took the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw tries for a clip of 73.3%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Detroit converted 9 out of 26 tries (34.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Pistons went 40 for 84 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.6%. The Pistons allowed the Hawks to make 33 of their 85 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.8% for the game. They shot 14.8% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 4 out of 27 and ended up going 16 of 17 at the charity stripe (94.1%). In regard to rebounding, Detroit allowed Atlanta to get 45 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Jerami Grant ended up being a major contributor for the Pistons for the contest. He made 6 of 15 for the contest for a field goal rate of 40.0%, and added 4 rebounds. Grant scored 18 points in his 27:36 mins of playing time and accounted for 1 assist for this contest. An additional guy that was important for Detroit was Cory Joseph. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in his 22:07 minutes on the court, and he shot 6 out of 9 from the floor. Joseph finished going 66.7% from the field as well as collecting 15 points and 1 rebound.
Detroit has a win-loss mark of 19-43 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pistons are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which is 24th in the NBA. Detroit has totaled 6,657 points for the season (107.4 per contest) and they collect 43.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 24.3 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.9 times per game. The Pistons commit 20.7 fouls per game and they shoot 76.8% from the charity stripe. The Pistons are ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 111.1. They surrender 24.6 dimes and 44.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 14th and 16th in the NBA. The Detroit defense surrenders 36.6% on 3-pointers (705 of 1,926) and their opponents are making 76.3% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (26th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (-6.5)
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