Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+5.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the venue where and the Indiana Pacers (19-23) will take on the Detroit Pistons (12-30) on Wednesday. The spread on this matchup has Indiana as 5.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 224.
The Detroit Pistons took the court against the Chicago Bulls and went home with a loss by a final score of 100-86 in their last game. Detroit walked away from the game with a 39.0% field goal percentage (32 out of 82) and made 4 of 25 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Pistons converted 18 of 25 shots for a percentage of 72.0%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 37 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 20 dimes for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and having 11 steals. In the matter of the defense, Detroit let their opponent shoot 46.3% from the field on 37 out of 80 shooting. Chicago doled out 26 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Additionally, Chicago snagged 52 rebounds (9 offensive, 43 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Chicago finished the contest at 85.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 14 attempts. They buried 14 of 28 tries from distance.
Jerami Grant is one player who came through for the matchup. He notched 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He was on the court for 35:40 minutes and also snagged 1 board. Grant walked away from this one shooting 40.9% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Pistons was Frank Jackson. He had 5 rebounds in 30:59 min played. He ended up going 41.7% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 5-of-12 (12 points). When this game wrapped up, Jackson didn't record an assist.
Detroit comes into this contest with a record of 12-30 so far this year. They are turning it over 14.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.3 fouls per game. As a unit, Detroit is grabbing 42.9 boards per contest and has earned 1,019 assists so far this season, which ranks 20th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Pistons are connecting on 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc (516 of 1,480) and 77.3% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 107.1 points per game (25th in the league) while connecting on 44.2% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Pistons have forced 14.9 turnovers per game and they draw 20.5 personal fouls. The Pistons are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.8% (626 of 861) and they relinquish 44.6 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 16th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,048 relinquished for the campaign. They are conceding 37.0% on 3-pointers while they are 11th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.8).
The last time they took the court, the Indiana Pacers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 140-113 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers were able to snag 29 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 40 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 6 times, while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Bucks were called for 16 fouls in this matchup which took the Pacers to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 91.7%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Indiana buried 12 of 50 attempts (24.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Pacers walked away from this one shooting 45 out of 111 from the floor which had them sitting at 40.5%. The Pacers allowed the Bucks to convert 53 of their 94 attempts from the field which had them shooting 56.4% for the matchup. They finished 61.5% from downtown by hitting 24 out of 39 and ended up shooting 10 out of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). Regarding team rebounding, Indiana allowed Milwaukee to snag 55 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Domantas Sabonis ended up being important for the Pacers in this game. He made 9 of 17 for the contest giving him a rate of 52.9%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. Sabonis totaled 22 points in his 32:56 mins of playing time and had 6 assists in this contest. Someone else that played a role for Indiana was Doug McDermott. He walked away with 1 assist in his 29:47 mins on the court, and he put in 9 out of 14 from the floor. McDermott wrapped this one up going 64.3% from the field while earning 20 points and 2 total rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss mark of 19-23 this year. Indiana has accumulated 4,749 pts so far this season (113.1 per game) and they pull in 41.8 boards per game. The Pacers are committing 20.2 fouls per contest while shooting 78.8% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Pacers are hitting on 47.2% from the floor, which ranks 11th in the league. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.8 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. The Pacers on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in the league in points allowed per game with 113.2. The Indiana defense allows 38.2% on shots from 3-point land (510 of 1,334) and their opposition knocks down 79.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 26.0 dimes and 45.1 total boards per game, which is 25th and 21st in basketball. They have forced 15.4 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (19th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (+5.5)
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